Château Le Bourdieu Vertheuil Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2011
Wines in Château Le Bourdieu Vertheuil
Château Le Bourdieu Vertheuil
Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois
The vineyards of Chateau Le Bourdieu Vertheuil stretch across the commune of Vertheuil, which borders Saint-Estèphe in the Haut-Médoc.
Le Bourdieu de Vertheuil is one of the region’s oldest viticutural sites, its records go back to the 11th century when an abbey was built there and the monks replaced trees with vines.
The chateau has been in the Richard family since 1989.
55% Merlot – 40% Cabernet Sauvignon – 5% Petit Verdot
Soils : chalky-clay with some sand
Plant population density : 6,500- 8,200 vines/hectare
Yield : 30 hl/hectare
Average age of vines : 35-40 years
Pruning : Double Guyot
Vinification by separate plots
Cold maceration with the skins for 4-5 days
3 to 4 weeks vatting for alcoholic fermentation
Free run wine goes directly into vats for malolactic fermentation
Press wines are selected according to 4 quality levels before being sent to barrels
12 months in French oak barrels (20% new barrels)
Firm, robust and well-structured, this is a slightly austere Médoc that typifies the vintage. Its keeping potential is good, so some time in the cellar will allow it to develop and bloom.
Dishes with some fattiness or rich sauces to prepare the taste buds. Duck breast with the skin, Cassoulet, rack of lamb…
Serve at around 16°C
93,500 bottles (7,800 cases)
Start of harvesting : September 16th
The passage from very dry winter to summer resulted in unusual earliness in the vineyards and good flowering as of mid-May. However low sunshine and damp conditions in July and August meant a demanding vintage with low yields. The crop required careful monitoring and the insight of the winegrower.
Total acidity 3.37 g/l
Rainfall 691 mm