to October 1
cabernet-sauvignon 48%, merlot 38%, cabernet franc 12%, petit verdot 2%
alcoholic in open and closed barrels (57% of the harvest), malolactic fermentation in barrels (100%)
MATURING 100% in barrels, 52% in new oak
AND ALC. BY VOL.
35 double magnums
Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2020
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A silver medal at the 2023 Concours Général Agricole, in Paris
A gold medal at the 2023 Féminalise, in Beaune
Rated 89 by Andreas Larsson : "Rather deep and dense colour with a purple hue. Fragrant cassis and dark berry notes with sage, tobacco and mild oak. The palate is dense and restrained in a classic age worhty profile, savoury dark fruit, a fresh backbone and fine length. Good density and material but needing time. A wine to drink from 2024."
The year 2020 will remain an astonishing year that has put us all in an unknown situation. But a "confined" spring doesn't stop the vine; it doesn't wait and it must be worked and looked after. Then many climatic hazards came to disrupt it: hail, snow, floods, high temperatures... but in a microclimatic way, in small areas; hail as well as precipitation differed significantly from one estate to another. It is therefore difficult to give a common identity to this campaign for all the appellations. In the Médoc, the hot and dry climatic conditions, which were fairly widespread, produced small grapes with a high alcoholic potential and an acidity that was often lower than usual. Fortunately, the cool nights at the beginning of September recreated optimal conditions that allowed us to reach good levels of maturity for harvesting. Dates, number and nature of treatments, vine accompaniment, harvest dates: nothing was written down this year and decisions were made on a day-to-day basis. For the most patient like us, the showers just before our harvest brought freshness and softened the Cabernets. Yields remain limited due to the dry summer. A small vintage in volume... but rich and exuberant, which reminds us of the power and concentration of the 2018. Another winemaker's vintage!
The year 2020 will remain an astonishing year that has put us all in an unknown situation.
Beautiful dark ruby color.
Fine nose of ripe red fruits, smoky, mineral, slightly minty.
Ample and supple attack. Nice grain of fruits. Long, precise, tension. Beautiful wine with melted wood. Long tannins, fruity return.
Harmonises with: pan-fried foie gras, country terrine, ceps à la bordelaise, lamprey à la bordelaise, monkfish with red bell pepper cream, entrecote on the vine, tournedos Rossini, calf's liver, cheese: tomme de Savoie, dessert: chocolate charlotte...