from September 24 to
October 2, all by hand
Cabernet-Sauvignon 54%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 2%
Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse 2015
alcoholic in open barrels (50%), malolactic in barrels (100%)
MATURING for 16 months in barrels, 34% of which are new oak
Alc. by vol. 13%
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2015, The Great
92/100, Vert de Vin Magazine: "The nose is fruity, racy and offers fine minerality as well as elegance. We find notes of blackcurrant, crushed cherry and more lightly raspberry / ripe redcurrant associated with a hint of flowers as well as hints of liquorice, sweet spices and toasted. The mouth is fruity, balanced, mineral, fresh and offers minerality, roundness, a fine tension as well as an acid frame ( In the mouth, this wine expresses notes of juicy blackberry, cherry and strawberry associated with a hint of crushed currant, blackcurrant as well as touches of toasted oak, liquorice / zan, with subtle touches of sweet spices with a very discreet hint of cocoa. Good length. "
91/100, Andreas Larsson
15, Bettane + Desseauve
Selected and rated **** by 1001 Dégustations 2017, Internet Guide to Wines
A recommendation to the International Wine Challenge 2018, in London
A silver medal at the Grand International Wine Award Mundus Vini 2018, in Germany
A gold medal at the Best Value China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 in Hong-Kong
A silver medal at the Prix Plaisir Bettane + Desseauve 2018, in Paris
A gold medal at the 2018 Féminalise competition in Paris
The growth of the vines did not start until late, mid-April. Flowering was rapid and uniform for all grape varieties thanks to the warm and dry months of May and June. We were then faced with a slight water stress comforted by a month of July without rain. The bunches resisted well but took a little delay with sometimes blocking the veraison. This ended up with the providential rains at the end of the month and everything was caught up in mid-August. Then the ripening of the berries was favored by cool nights and rains without negative effects on the potential quality of the grapes. Everything was harvested by hand, all on September from 23 to 24 for Les Roses de Marie, then it continued from 24 for the first Merlots to 28 for the others. The rest was done following; September 30 and October 1 for Cabernet-Sauvignon and October 2 for Cabernet Franc and Petits Verdots. This solar vintage needed up to be picked up at the right time; neither too early to reach full maturity, nor too late to preserve freshness and avoid over-ripeness, that leads to heaviness and excessively high alcohol levels ... 50% were carried out directly in open barrels, the fermentation required great vigilance due in particular to fairly low acidity levels which can create a hardening of the tannins or an imbalance in the wines. The first tastings after runoff were promising, with deep colors, very expressive noses, very dense mouths, well structured and balanced, of great length ... everything you would expect from a great Bordeaux!
Except a slight water stress during the summer, the season went off without a hitch.
September 25, 2018, 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. Airing gives way to much more spice and notes of black olive.
Delicate and sweet mouth accompanied by acidity on the finish. Its profile is airy and leaves a nice aromatic afterglow.
This wine even has a tendency to “pinch. "
Serving temperatures: 16 ° C.
Harmonises: filet mignon of black pork with button mushrooms, Pot-au-feu, ravioli with artichokes and sage ...