60% Merlot – 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard & Vinification Note
As in every Dourthe vineyard, the team constantly strives to improve viticultural practice to produce the finest grapes possible. The vineyard is therefore managed according to the environmental principals of sustainable plant protection, specifically to manage the quality of the yields. Canopy management and yield control are practised throughout the vineyard, adapted to the climate and profile of each plot, using bud-stripping, leaf stripping, secondary shoot removal, lateral branch removal and if necessary, removing any inconsistent grapes from mid veraison onwards (green harvest). The date of the harvest is determined by regularly tasting the fruit, and is then evenly spread over time and carried out by hand, using small crates, selectively harvesting only the consistently ripe grapes by plot or micro-plot. Traditional vinification, individual wine parcels vinified separately. Small capacity temperature controlled stainless steel -tanks. Vertical press to ensure gentle pressing.
The water-retaining capacity of the clay soils at Le Boscq reduced the effects of a vintage marked by contrast, with a very rainy, then dry spring, by reducing hydric stress and by retaining the available water for release during dry periods. Volumes are again down at Le Boscq, but the quality is right on target. The harvest, which was later than long term averages, was concluded in good conditions. Vinification revealed the exceptional phenolic potential of the vintage; cuvaisons were very long, lasting more than a month, acidity levels have been confirmed and the wines exude character and personality. This is a terrific vintage at Le Boscq
Harvest: Merlot: 5th to 11th October Cabernet Sauvignon: 11th to 15th October
Bottled in June 2014
Ageing: In oak barrels, on fine lees, 30% new oak
Deep and concentrated in appearance, the wine is concentrated and intense on the bouquet, developing notes of ripe fruits and liquorice. Generous and rich on the palate, displaying signs of good maturity, while the silky, well-balanced tannic structure is underpinned by impressive freshness on the finish. A very good Le boscq ably illustrating the high quality of the gravel-clay soils. Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director
The property of negociant Dourthe is producing some fine wines, including this 2012. It is structured and initially dry, typical of Saint-Estèphe. The fruit though is all there, pushing through the tannins and giving a rich, generous feel to the wine. It’s going to age well. 92 Points, may 2015
Ideally matches red meats (eg. bison steak with fig-balsamic sauce, grilled skirt steak, slow grilled rack of lamb with mustard and herbs, roast beef with root vegetable salad, braised lamb with potatoes) and French mature cheese (bethmale, chevrotin, edam, Ossau Iraty, tomme de Savoie, tête de moine…).