Château Picourneau Haut-Médoc 2012
Wines in Château Le Bourdieu Vertheuil
Château Picourneau, located in the Haut-Medoc and facing Château Le Bourdieu-Vertheuil was bought by the Richard family in the 1980s. The 20 hectares (49.2 acres) of vineyards are composed of young vines that produce delicious wines for immediate enjoyment.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot
Soils : chalky-clay with some sand
Plant population density : 6,500- 8,200 vines/hectare
Yield : 45 hl/hectare
Average age of vines : 35-40 years
Pruning : Double Guyot
Vinification by separate plots
Cold maceration for 4-5 days at 10-12°C to extract and stabilise the fruit aromas
3 to 4 weeks vatting for alcoholic fermentation at 24-26°C
Free run juice goes directly into vats for malolactic fermentation
Press juices are carefully selected according to 4 quality levels
50% in oak barrels (15% new barrels) and 50% stainless steel during 12 months
Medium depth colour with an intense bouquet featuring balsamic and oaky notes. Straightforward and appealing in the mouth with soft and silky tannins. Noticeable cedar wood notes in the finish. Full of youthful charm.
It will pair perfectly with grilled meats, roast partridge or lamb.
Enjoy at around 16°C
80.000 bottles (6,600 cases)
Start of harvesting : October 8th
An alternating weather pattern of hot-dry and cold-rainy periods. Vigorous growth in the vineyards was curbed by green harvesting. Fruit development was slow at the beginning due to low temperatures but then almost inexistent summer rain helped the crop to catch up and improve the ripening and juice concentration processes.
Total acidity : 3.55 g/l
Rainfall: 780 mm