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raisins du chateau hourtin-ducasse
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bouteilles de vin du chateau hourtin-ducasse


September 20 to 28


cabernet-sauvignon 47%, merlot 44%, cabernet franc 6%, petit verdot 3%


alcoholic in open and closed barrels (54% of the harvest), malolactic fermentation in barrels (100%)

MATURING 100% in barrels, 24% in new oak


9,040 bottles


20 double magnums



Alc. 13% vol.

Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2022

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feuilles de vigne du chateau hourtin-ducasse

It started badly! A strong frost episode on the nights of April 2nd to 4th with temperatures going down to -9°C (never seen since 1947) and most of the French vineyards were affected. But most of our buds had not yet opened and the losses suffered were «reasonable». Then, the sunny character of the campaign started in May with an early flowering on the 16th, fast and homogeneous. Heat waves followed one another in mid-June, early July and early August, impacting the good development of the vines; but the rains at the end of June and mid-August mitigated their effects, except for the unlucky ones for whom hail totally destroyed some plots and buildings. Finally, the cool mornings and warm afternoons of September allowed the grapes to ripen slowly but surely, waiting to be picked. Concerning rainfall, its volume is clearly down over the year, -32% compared to the average. The choices that have been made over the last few years regarding the work of our vines, such as natural grassing, no ploughing, braiding instead of trimming, shearing of the sheep and their fertilization, have allowed our vines to better protect themselves from hydric stress: a magnificent foliage until the harvest! However, the early heat and the hydric stress generated small berries.
The harvested grapes had a beautiful phenolic potential, a particularly high tannin/anthocyanin ratio and a very good ripeness in the seeds. During the alcoholic fermentations, the extraction of color and aromas was rapid, requiring less manipulation, and the fermentation temperatures remained reasonable, producing rich wines with beautiful tannins and colors. On tasting, the 2022 Hourtin-Ducasse reminds us of the silkiness of a 2009 and the fruit/freshness
of a 2010.

It started badly!


Brilliant bordeaux color. Demonstrative nose of fresh fruit, blackcurrant, wild strawberry.
A smoky note of cold tobacco, mingled with an animal note of leather, marks the identity
of this wine.
Straight, fine attack on the palate. A supple, digestible wine that stands out in an often massive 2022 vintage. Elegant and fresh on the palate. Already a pleasant wine, but one that can wait a decade or so.


Harmonises with: spring veal navarin, cocotte egg with broad bean emulsion and morel shavings, pâté en croûte with fresh thyme, chicken sauté with peppers and basil...

 March 5, 2024, fruit day
Émilien Delalande, œnologist
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