to October 9
cabernet-sauvignon 55%, merlot 38%, cabernet franc 5%, petit verdot 2%
alcoholic in open and closed barrels (60% of the harvest), malolactic fermentation in barrels (100%)
MATURING 100% in barrels, 60% in new oak
AND ALC. BY VOL.
Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse 2021
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2021, the year of all climate dangers! Or almost. A relatively mild winter, an early spring allowing the vines to start (too) early, then a frost episode in April, which impacted all of France and all crops. In our case, 8 to 10% of the harvest was lost. And then, water, water, water... with temperatures sometimes too high allowing mildew to attack us relentlessly on leaves from May to July, but also on bunches for one of our plots. Daily attention and a greater number of treatments were not enough to protect it. The weather forecast for the harvest did not spare us with the announcement of daily rain episodes. Finally, a window of opportunity opened for a dry harvest from October 2nd to 9th. Phew!
The volumes are obviously not there, but the colors are there, the fruit is very present with a great aromatic power, a beautiful freshness and tonicity. 2021 should be a fruity, elegant, dynamic and precise vintage. A classic expression of the Haut-Médoc that will satisfy all those who like to enjoy wines (with moderation) and not only to taste them.
2021, the year of all climate dangers! Or almost...
Nice deep color.
Nose a little vegetal (typical of 2021).
Fleshy, full, grainy. Long.
A good 2021.