En Primeur

2016 Wine Futures, coming

A typically Bordeaux system, the specified “primeur” period consists of presenting new wines from the latest vintage to the public. Traditionally, this huge media frenzy starts at the beginning of April when those from the “wine planet” show up at the chateaus to taste the new vintage. It is difficult for a novice to know how a certain wine is going to turn out a year from now, when it has just been bottled, and only spent 3 to 4 months in barrels, and hasn’t yet reached maturity. This is why this market is reserved for professionals capable of taking risks on buying based on the future. However, for those of you who’ve known the Château Hourtin-Ducasse for a while now, for those of you who believe in the richness of our estate and in the originality and particularity of each vintage, we’d like to give you the opportunity to buy like a pro.

What’s happening with the 2016 vintage?

The growing season

The Everything begins with a winter without cold or frost; not enough to clean up grounds, to rest the plants and to stop any desire to growth too early. Spring brings record rainfalls and mildew appears at the end of May; a precise and targeted fight (accompanied by a bit of luck) helps protect from it. From the end of June, a big blue sky, pleasant temperatures during the day and cool at night allow the vine to develop comfortably with a regular and homogeneous growth. At the end of July, the vine is magnificent despite the lack of water due to the total absence of rain in July (unpublished in Bordeaux); the excess water at the beginning of the year may have helped against water stress. The drought of August causes delays in maturity and a great disparity within the same grape, even to the eye! The 30-40mm of water from mid-September allows the ripening cycle to restart but we had to wait, wait, wait until the beginning of October so that the grapes finally have homogeneous ripeness. The harvest begins October 4 with the Merlot and 5 and 6 October we pick the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc selected for Les Roses de Marie, a week later we harvest some Cabernet Sauvignon, and all the Petit Verdot for the château-hourtin-ducasse. And it is mechanically that we finish quickly on October 13 and 14, just before the storms. Result: high degrees for the whole harvest, very beautiful colors for merlots, thick skins for Cabernets-Sauvignons and already a lot of length for Cabernets Francs. Half of the harvest was put in vats, the other half in open barrels for the alcoholic fermentations to work as close as possible to the fruit.

In summary…

Harvest: Most of it hand-picked, from October 4 to October 14

Blend: Cabernet-Sauvignon 38%, Merlot 51%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Petit Verdot 1%

Production: 34,000 bottles

Vinification and maturing: Alcoholic fermentation in open barrels (50% of the harvest), malolactic fermentation in barrels (100%), maturing in barrels. 41% of new oak.

Alcohol by vol.: 13.5%

Tasting (March 12, 2017 – Marc Quertinier, oenologist):
Dark ruby color.
Fruity, juicy, fine, sensual nose.
Fleshy in the mouth, long, full, dense. Excellent and pure fruity flavors. Very nice sweet tannins.
Wine in the current gustative wave: both gourmand and long keeping wine.

Mentions: 91, Wine Enthusiast (barrel sample)


The 2016 primeurs will be delivered in October 2018.The primeurs’ order must be for 60 or more bottles. A deposit of €5 per bottle is required at the time of the reservation; the remaining amount before delivery (when we send you a follow up email asking you to confirm your shipping address).

Château Hourtin-Ducasse Primeur 2016 75 cl, bottle 8,50€ (5,00€ on account)
€ 8.50