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Château Le Bourdieu Vertheuil Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2013

Wines in Château Le Bourdieu Vertheuil

Château Le Bourdieu Vertheuil

Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

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Chateau Le Bourdieu Vertheuil

Château Le Bourdieu Vertheuil

Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

2013

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.

Blend

55% Merlot – 40% Cabernet Sauvignon – 5% Petit Verdot

The Vineyards

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

Winemaking

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

Maturing

12 months in French oak barrels (20% new barrels)

Food pairing

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

Annual production

38,500 bottles (3,200 cases)

The vintage

Start of harvesting : October 3rd
A cold and tortuous spring (coulure, poor fruit set and late flowering) was followed by a good sunny summer despite some hail and delayed crop ripening. The harvest was also quite late with abnormally low yields. Fortunately the vintage was saved thanks to unbroken sunshine and no summer rain.

Technical data

Total acidity 3.5 g/l
pH 3.58
Alcohol 12.5°
Rainfall 780 mm

 
90 Points Best Buy – The Wine Enthusiast
“To the west of Saint-Estèphe, the swathe of vineyards extends into the forest. This estate has produced a firm, structured wine that, for the vintage, has good potential. It is already balanced between dry tannins and black-currant fruits, with spice and acidity thrown in. Drink from 2018.

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