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Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2015

2015

Mentions

92/100, Vert de Vin Magazine: “The nose is fruity, racy and offers a slight minerality as well as elegance. It reveals notes of cassis, crushed cherry and slight notes of raspberry / cassis combined with a hint of flowers as well as touches of licorice, sweet spices and toasted touches. The palate is fruity, well-balanced, mineral, fresh and offers minerality, roundness, a slight tension as well as an acid frame (in the background). On the palate this wine expresses notes of juicy blackberry, cherry and strawberry combined with a touch of crushed redcurrant, cassis as well as touches of toasted oak, licorice / Zan, subtle touches of sweet spices and a very discreet hint of cocoa. Good length."
91/100, Andreas Larsson
15 by Bettane+Desseauve
Selected and rated **** by 1001 Dégustations 2017, Guide Internet des Vins
Commended by International Wine Challenge 2018, in London
A Silver Medal at the 2018 Grand International Wine Award Mundus Vini, in Germany
A Gold Medal at the 2018 Best Value China Wine & Spirits Awards, in Hong-Kong
A Silver Medal at the 2018 Prix Plaisir Bettane+Desseauve, in Paris
A Gold Medal at the 2018 Féminalise Award, in Paris

The growing season

The vine growth starts late, in mid-April. Flowering is fast and homogeneous for all grapes thanks to the warm and dry months of May and June. We are then in front of a light hydric stress consolidated by July with no rain. The fruits are resistant but are a little late with sometimes a blocking of the véraison. It restarts with the providential rains of the end of the month and everything is caught up mid-August. Then the maturation of the berries is favoured by fresh nights and rains without negative effects on the potential quality of the berries. Everything was harvested by hand: Les Roses de Marie, 23 and 24 September, a plot of some early Merlots 24 and the others 26 and 28. The rest was done in a row; 30 September and 1 October for the Cabernet-Sauvignon and 2 for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This solar vintage required to pick up at the right time; neither too early to reach full maturity, or too late to preserve freshness and prevent over-maturity that leads to heaviness and too high levels of alcohol ... Performed for 50% directly in open barrels, fermentation necessitated vigilance mainly because of low acidity levels that can create a hardening of tannins or imbalance of wines. The first tastings after running off are promising, with deep colours, very expressive nose, well-structured and balanced mouths, dense with a great length... all that can be expected of a great Bordeaux!

 

Dates of grape harvest

From September 24 to October 2, all handed harvested

Blend

Cabernet-Sauvignon 54%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 2%

Vinification and maturing

Alcoholic fermentation in open barrels (50% of the harvest), malolactic fermentation in barrels (100%), maturing in barrels, among which 34% of new oak

Alcohol by vol.

13%

Production

28,000

Tasting (25.9.18, leaf day) - Mathieu Huguet, oenologist

Garnet hue, (slightly evolved for the vintage).
Bright fruit evoking notes of candied fruit all carried by a solar character. The aeration gives way to many more spices and notes of black olive.
Mouth all in delicacy and sweetness accompanied by an acidity on the finish. Its profile is airy and leaves a beautiful aromatic remanence.
This wine even tends to “pinoter".
Serving temperature: 16°C.
Harmonises with: filet mignon au black pork with Paris mushrooms, Pot-au-feu, ravioli with artichokes and sage…

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