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Château Le Boscq

Cru Bourgeois - AOC Saint-Estèphe

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Château Le Boscq features among the great classics of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. The first wine, Chateau le Boscq Cru Bourgeois, is a St-Estephe wine bursting with character, which elegantly combines the power of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, with the Merlot’s finesse, which is unusual for the appellation. Delicate and well-balanced, it has great ageing potential. 

Vinification & Ageing

Traditional vinification, individual wine parcels vinified separately. Small capacity  temperature controlled stainless steel -tanks. Vertical press to ensure gentle pressing.

In oak barrels for 12 to 14 months.

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Vintage

The first six months of the year saw favourable conditions align to get us off to a good start. After a cool, damp winter, the first buds appeared 13 April. The glorious weather that set in soon after triggered rapid vine growth and early, rapid flowering at the end of May – lasting barely a week – and almost two weeks ahead of schedule on average across the property. After a rather hesitant start to veraison due to very hot weather at the start of summer, rain came just at the right time in early August. Veraison speeded up as a result and the berries, which at this stage were still quite small, developed normally. At the beginning of September, the fruit was already looking very promising. We harvested with no rush wonderful merlot and superb Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. 

Tasting notes

Blend

48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Vintage

After a promising start to the year, a dull, gloomy summer meant ripening got off to a slow start.  Any worries were lifted towards the end of August with the arrival of exceptional, lasting weather conditions.

While the quality of the vintage owes a great deal to the excellent late-season, a vintage of this quality would not be possible without considerable work in the vineyards earlier in the season to ensure pristine quality in the vines and stunning fruit. The grapes therefore enjoyed perfect ripening conditions. Harvesting got underway at a gentle pace, with the added luxury of each parcel able to reach optimum ripeness before picking. Despite a relatively early start, Château Le Boscq saw its longest harvest ever, lasting from September 25 to October 15, all all the grapes showing impressive quality in equal measure.

 

Tasting notes

Deep, dark ruby in appearance. Sweet spices, with hints of white pepper and dark fruits pave the way for an elegant touch of cedar, so characteristic of the Le Boscq terroir. On the palate, concentrated, silky tannins - courtesy of the perfectly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon - are backed by juicy Merlot fruit. The wine culminates in all the finesse of a lengthy, savoury finish.

Blend

4% Petit Verdot, 45% Merlot, 51% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

Bénéficiant du savoir-faire des équipes de Dourthe, ce vin montre qu'il a du répondant par sa robe, d'un pourpre intense, par son bouquet, aux subtiles notes de notes de fruits rouges bien mûrs, presque confiturés, relevés d'épices, et par sa bouche d'une belle concentration, soutenue par des tannins déjà fondus et veloutés.

Wine Enthusiast
- 93/100

CELLAR SELECTION. This estate, dating to the 18th century and close to the Gironde estuary, has produced a rich wine. Young tannins and fine fruity acidity are both present in a wine that is serious and dense. Its weight, ripeness and the potential of the black-currant fruit will all allow it to age.

Decanter
- 90/100

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Impeccable! All the hallmarks of the vintage: dark freshness, pronounced acidity  but great control and mastery. Beguiling cassis, brambly fruit and astringent tannins that will limber up in time.

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

This is a very generous and attractive wine with really ripe cassis, a generous body and then quite a serious, moderately tannic finish. 

Vinous Media
- 90/100

The 2014 Le Boscq is a sleeper for the vintage and shows just how well Saint-Estèphe did in 2014. Succulent dark cherry, plum, smoke, gravel and cured meat notes all meld together in a deep, pliant wine endowed with notable depth and intensity. This is a fabulous Cru Bourgeois from the Dourthe family of estates.

The Wine Doctor.com
- 16/20

Château Le Boscq 2014: A pretty cherry stone and blackberry nose, with a touch of confit fruit, with some obvious new-barrel spice and vanilla. There is a lovely creamed-fruit confidence to it. The palate has a medium body, and a sandy-cedary edge to the fruit, but good substance in the middle. Bright acidity and a medium body, nicely composed though, with spicy but ripe tannins, all wrapped up in a very fresh style. Good 16/20

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 16/20

Les derniers millésimes sont réussis et on attendra sans crainte l'excellent 2014.

The World of Fine Wine
- 16/20

Powerful, concentrated, generous, with a certain maturity.

La Revue du Vin de France

L'échantillon présentait une très belle ampleur, avec de la chair et de la droiture. Ce vin évoluera à merveille, bien servi par des tanins fins.

Schweizerische Weinzeitung
- 17/20

Fein opulentes, süsses, kräftiges Bouquet, schwarze Beeren, tabak, Edelhölzer, Graphit, schwarze Schokolade. Güt üppiger, ausgewogener gaumen mit kräftiger, süsser Frucht, viel feines Tannin, cremige, dichte Aromatik, kräftige, volle Aromatik, langer, feinherber Abgang mit guten Ruckaromen.

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)
- 15,5/20

Un beau vin ample et généreux avec un beau raisin mûr, du moelleux, de la chair. Belle réussite.

 

Vinum
- 15,5/20

Von kompakter, abgerundeter Art, mit hübschem Bitterschokoladefinale; zuverlässig und gefällig.

Matthewjukes.com
- 16.5+/20

Château Le Boscq (Cru Bourgeois, Saint-Estèphe) (in the Dourthe portfolio)

Structured and rich but with a refreshing, clean finish, this is a clever, balanced Le Boscq with some charm, vitality and very nice freshness. Good red berry fruit and intensity mark this as a wine which managed its Merlot very well indeed. This is one of the star wines in the affordable spectrum in this vintage.

 

Erobertparker.com

... Elsewhere, I was particularly taken by wines such as Château Les Ormes de Pez, Le Boscq and Château Haut-Marbuzet. These names will hopefully offer value to consumers. Overall, this was an impressive set of wines that will please Bordeaux-lovers and I suspect may actually cellar longer than Pauillac or Saint Julien....

My Bettane + Desseauve
- 91/100

Puissant, concentré, généreux avec une maturité certaine. (16/20)

Les Echos

Puissant, concentré, généreux avec une maturité certaine.

LE PAN
- 88/100

Lovely purity and lift in this vintage with focus and fresh acidity. Tannins are elevated but well handled with ripeness and a supple texture. A wine that will drink well young but should keep for a decade easily.

Decanter
- 16.5/20

Good crushed Merlot berry fruit, fleshy but lifted and good tannins. A modern St-Estèphe.

Jean-Marc Quarin

88/100

Wine Enthusiast
- 93/100

Smocky tannins are complex and well embedded into the dark plum aromas and flavors in this wine. There is ampleweight along with medium acidity that lends a freshness to the finish. It will develop well.

 

Terre de Vins

Très belle matière, grande longueur en bouche avec cette impression de sentir la terre stéphanoise. 2014 lui va bien.

 

Jamessuckling.com
- 90-91/100

A soft and round palate with juicy fruit and polished tannins. Full body, Yummy. St.-Estèphe is rocking in 2014. 

 

Vintage

The meticulous care bestowed upon the vines here at Le Boscq since 1995, including rigorously tailoring grape varieties to the soils, and replanting older parcels, has allowed the vines to cope well with the contrasting effects of the climate and ensured a good quality harvest. While Le Boscq was less affected than some areas of Bordeaux - low rainfall in June during late flowering, but cool weather causing significant millerandage – heavy rainfall overall made work in the vineyard difficult, leaving little respite to control disease pressure and achieve optimum ripeness. Harvesting took place October 2-11, which is standard at Le Boscq. Sorting by hand has been increasingly effective since the introduction of a new pendulum action destemmer, identical to the one used at Belgrave, which avoids damaging the stalks and leaves the berries whole. The premium terroirs shine even in difficult vintages, and Le Boscq is a case in point, to stunning effect.

Tasting notes

Very dark and intense appearance. On the bouquet, ripe fruit aromas develop, combined with notes of liquorice, cedar and precious woods. The initial supple character becomes full and generous on the palate, offering freshness and silky tannic structure confirming the wonderfully ripe grapes. The overall balance is rounded off with a long, aromatic finish.

Blend

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 89/100

What is so good about this wine is its balance. The producer has accentuated the fruit of the vintage, leaving aside any big tannic structure. The result is a black-currant wine that is juicy, fresh and developing well. Drink from 2017.

The World of Fine Wine
- 15/20

Ripe, grapy,almost slightly raisiny to smell;medium full and very tannic, with a touch of raisin to the flavor, too, but with the year vivid acidity; modest scope, medium length. Very Saint Estephe chewy...

Falstaff
- 87 - 89/100

Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, schwarzer Kern, violette Reflexe, einladendes Cassis, mit schwarzer Beerenfrucht unterlegt, mineralische Nuancen. Saftig, knackig, reife Kirschfrucht, gut integrierte Tannine, lebendiger Säurebogen, salziger Touch, ein frischer Speisenbegleiter mit Entwicklungspotenzial.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
- 86 - 88/100

Bright red. Vibrant, spicy strawberry and redcurrant on the nose, with a bright kick of minty white pepper. Pure and precise, with nicely delineated red berry flavors braced by zippy acidity. Gains weight with air, picking up a sweet, jammy quality and finishing with rising tannins, excellent length and sneaky concentration. Le Boscq's vines grow on very high-quality soils of stones over limestone and clay.

Vinifera
- 3etoile(s)

88-90/100

Très joli millésime en tout cas que ce vin aux notes de framboise, de bois précieux, de tabac avec une bouche rectiligne, d'une agréable densité et persistance.

timatkin.com
- 88/100
Matthewjukes.com
- 16/20

Structured, upright and cassis-driven. Not too dusty but quite tense and closed. Tannins are lovely and the fruit is classy. Surprisingly skilful.

My Bettane + Desseauve
- 16/20

Fruit plus solaire, gras et souple, bon tanin mûr.

Decanter
- 16/20

Ripe Merlot-dominated fruit with depth and length, good modern St-Estèphe.

Wine Spectator
- 87 - 90/100

Fresh, with a lilac hint giving way to iron, damson plum and bitter cherry notes. Focused finish. 

Vintage

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.

Tasting notes

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.

Blend

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
- 16,5/20

Fruits noirs, cèdre, épices pour un nez de terroir froid (un peu encre). Grosse densité, du moelleux mais une vivacité pas tout à fait maîtrisée.

Natalie Maclean.com
- 92/100

A seductive nose of cigar box and black fruit on this classic Bordeaux red wine blend of mostly Merlot grapes planted in clay and gravel soils. This domaine is very consistent year after year, with the power of the terroir coming through. Long finish with dark fruit and smoke. Pair with a pepper steak.

Vinous Media
- 88/100

Le Boscq is the St. Estephe property of the Dourthe negociant firm. The estate's 2012 offers up an attractive mélange of graphite, smoke, gravel, cured meats, spices and black cherries, with terrific depth, intensity and persistence for the year. Best of all, this powerful, expressive St. Estephe should be a solid value. Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: July 2015

Wine Spectator
- 87/100

Focused, with a good core of dark plum and black cherry fruit, lined with licorice root, tobacco and warm paving stone notes. Has the taut feel of the vintage, but features ample flesh. 

Decanter
- 17/20

Lightly oaky, plummy nose. This is rounded and fleshy in style, with a good weight of fruit on the palate though modest acidity. Concentration, good grip and length. (90/100)

Wine Enthusiast
- 92/100

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.

Erobertparker.com
- 87/100

The 2012 Le Boscq is a dense ruby/purple wine with good flesh, ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, medium body, light tannin and a nice lusty, heady finish. This is a relatively sexy wine that will develop nicely over the next 10-12 years.

Wine Spectator
- 87/100

Focused, with a good core of dark plum and black cherry fruit, lined with licorice root, tobacco and warm paving stone notes. Has the taut feel of the vintage, but features ample flesh.

Weinwirtschaft

Sauerkirsche, Holunderbeere, Maulbeeren Zedernholz; sehr dicht, sehr saftig, viel Zug, feste, bereits angeschliffene Tannine, gute Balance, gute Länge.

Weinwirtschaft
- 90/100

Im besten Bürgerlich, Cru Bourgeois 2012, Sauerkische, Hollunderbeere, Maulbeeren Zedennholz: sehr saftig, viel Zug, feste, bereits angeschliffene Tannine, gute Balance, gute Länge.

Wine Enthusiast
- 91-93/100

Barrel sample. Showing both a firm tannic structure and jammy black fruits, this is a finely ripe and full wine. It has spice, sweet fruits and a solid tannic core. A wine that is likely to age well.

timatkin.com
- 88/100
Jamessuckling.com
- 88 - 89/100

Subtle and pleasant with berry and spice character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Needs a little more density to be outstanding.

Decanter
- 16/20

Superb colour, rich Merlot-dominated nose and lots of plummy fruit, a really good fleshy wine with a good future.

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)
- 15.5/20

Un beau vin ample, finement boisé avec des tannins fins bien présents et bonne longueur. Jolie réussite, très Saint-Estèphe.

Weinwisser
18/20

Für einmal ohne Petit Verdot (normal ca. 8 %!). 38 hl/ha. Eine kleine Ernte, nur 50'000 statt 70'000 Flaschen. Sattes Purpur-Granat, dicht in der Mitte, lila Schimmer aussen. H&ouml,llisches Bouquet, Brombeeren (frisch und gekocht) ein Hauch Port, kommt ziemlich wuchtig daher, Kaffee, dunkles Malz, Korinthen. Im Gaumen aussen mit Charme - innen mit konzentrierter Kraft. Für Le Boscq ist es ein unerwartet grosser Jahrgang! Drei Mal verkostet.

Le Figaro

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Vintage

The old vines at Le Boscq, deeply rooted in a clay subsoil, were less affected by the significant limited water supplies, characteristic of the vintage. While the hailstorms at the beginning of May had little effect on the vineyard, the excessive heat and lack of water at the height of the vine’s growth period, reduced crop volumes. The first Merlot grapes were picked as early as September 13th (a record!), followed rapidly by the Cabernets and Petit Verdot, which fully benefited from the spate of good weather from mid-September. The harvest was concentrated over a two week period, with a larger team for even more rigorous grape selection, the essential key to the success of this vintage.

Tasting notes

Intense bouquet, revealing a combination of  ripe fruit aromas of blackcurrant and cherry and elegant notes of coffee, tobacco and cedar, typical of the fine wines of Saint-Estephe. Very full on the palate, with a silky tannic thread running through, underpinned by appealing liveliness. Long and complex finish. A Le Boscq wine of great elegance.

Blend

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

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
- 15.5/20

Nez très Saint-Estèphe (encre), floral aussi. Bouche massive, tannique, anguleuse avec le charme nécessaire pour calmer la vivacité des tanins. 

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20
Sommeliers International

Robe : belle brillance, rosée. Nez : ouvert, agréable, viande, animal. Bouche : fraîche, avec un bois harmonieux, élégante, fine, légère, gourmande, fraîche. Accords mets et vins : crapaudine de pigeon au foie gras avec des légumes anciens. Commentaires : très très élégant.
Visuel aspect : beautiful brillance, pinkish hue. Nose : open, pleasant, meaty, animal. Palate : fresh, a harmonious woodiness, elegant, fine, light, moreish, fresh. Match with food : pigeon à la crapaudine with foie gras and forgotten vegetables. Comments : very very elegant.

Decanter
- 16/20

Crus Bourgeois 2011: 61 great Bordeaux from a variable year

Reserved but concentrated on the nose. Good depth of fruit. fresh and firm on the finish. Well worked tannins.

Jamessuckling.com
- 89/100

Good fruit for the appellation, with berry, lavender and spice character. Medium to full body with good tannins and a medium finish. Give it two or three years of bottle age.

Wine Enthusiast
- 92/100

Cellar Selection

Solid and firm, this initially tannic wine has ripe black fruits under the tough surface. It will take time to bring out the potential richness and complex flavors.

Wine Spectator
- 88/100

Features succulent flesh, with plum, cherry and currant notes melded together. The chalky spine is well-embedded through the finish, where a hint of singed spice peeks in. Drink now through 2017.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
- 87 - 90/100

Aromas of syrupy black raspberry, licorice, milk chocolate and vanilla, lifted by violet. Juicy, shapely and fairly intense, with dark berry fruit complicated by licorice and chocolate. Finishes with broad, chewy tannins.

Weinwisser
- 17/20

Tiefes Purpur, satt in der Mitte, Granatschimmer am Rand. Berauschendes Cassisbouquet, fein florale Cabernet-Würze, gefällt bereits in der Nase und sticht heraus. Im Gaumen fast seidig, cremige Textur, etwas Kokos und viel Kirschen in jeglischer Form. Wie immer mit viel Erotik augestattet. Wobei diesr Le Boscq absolut kein Bluff ist, sondern von den Gerbstoffen her genau das Jahrgangepotenzial deklariert. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 90 - 92/100

Dense and concentrated, the tannins are a worthy partner to the firm flavors of black plum skin. This wine is solid and chunky, with year's crisp fruit showing through.

timatkin.com
- 88/100
The Wine Cellar Insider
- 87 - 88/100

The wine offers earth, cedar and spicy cassis, medium body and a bright cranberry and cassis finish.

Decanter
- 16/20

Good cassis fruit, ripeness and depth. A fine plummy Saint-Estèphe.

Matthewjukes.com
- 16.5/20

Vintage

Due to unusual weather conditions (serious bout of hail in June followed by an extremely dry, sunny and temperate summer), we had to work even harder to adapt our work in the vineyard.Each parcel was treated individually according to its specific requirements. We harvested late, with an “à la carte”, selective approach, waiting calmly and patiently for the very best possible time to pick, largely facilitated by good weather in October. The grapes were small, yet concentrated and very aromatic, and were carefully vinified at low temperature, with controlled extraction.The wines are already appearing delicate and elegant, very well-balanced.

Tasting notes

Dark in appearance, almost black. Its powerful, complex nose instantly reveals the characteristic le Boscq terroir, with its typical precious wood, spicy, cedar character, intermingled with ripe fruits, black cherry and cassis. The wine is incredibly silky on the attack, becoming more generous and concentrated, with abundant, extremely delicate tannins balancing well with the fruit. On the body, the wine shows remarkably well-balanced aromatic complexity and freshness, with a long and seductive finish. Overall, the wine is concentrated, generous and well-structured. A great wine from Le Boscq that will stand the test of time for several years.

Blend

51% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
- 16.5/20

Ici, le temps fait son oeuvre. Le nez est magnifiquement épicé, très cèdre et encre, fruits noirs. Du charme et du charnu, de la matière pour un Saint-Estèphe plein de moelleux, de puissance dans l'élégance. Bravo. 

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15.5/20
The Wine Cellar Insider
- 89/100

Medium bodied, tannic, with good freshness, smoke, tobacco, crisp blackberry and earth, this blend of 51% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot will definitely be better, and hopefully soften with 2-5 years of bottle age.

Terre de Vins
- 16/20

Très coloré, fruit noir gourmand, savoureux, corps gras et tannique avec de l'énergie. 

The Huffington Post

17/20

Dégustation des Crus Bourgeois 2013 - 1er ex-aequo (sur 46 vins) : Le nez est sur le fruit, la vanille et les épices. En bouche, la finale surprend par sa longueur.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 16/20

Très coloré, fruit noir gourmand, savoureux, corps gras tannique, avec de l'énergie.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
- 90/100

Full red-ruby. Sexy, slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry, game, mocha, coffee and black olive. Sappy and elegant, with flavors of currant, graphite and black olive. This generous wine's youthful baby fat is leavened by very good vinosity. Finishes lively and long, with classy tannins. A serious success in 2010.

Guide Hubert
- 4etoile(s)

Nez de fruits noirs, notes fumées et balsamiques, bouche solide et bien charpentée, s'appuyant sur des tanins serrés mais aussi sur un très bon fruit. Belle suite, du potentiel.

Wine Advocate
- 90/100

A terrific sleeper from the firm of Dourthe that owns this property, the 2010 Le Boscq is composed of 51 % Merlot, 46 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot... Opaque ruby/purple with oodles of creme de cassis, graphite and spring flowers, this wine also shows some intriguing foresty notes. Quite pure, rich, medium to full bodied with sweet tannin and adequate acidity, it will drink well for 10-15 years

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

A wine with balance and finesse with blueberry and raspberry character. Citrus undertone and a fruity finish. Lovely texture to this. Delicate

La Revue du Vin de France
- 16.00/20
Beau jus, très sanguin, beaucoup de fond et de fraîcheur jusqu'en finale. Du caractère et de la longueur. Il se détache par son profil très naturel.
Wine Spectator
- 89.00/100
Dark cassis and black cherry fruit is wrapped with roasted apple wood, mineral and lilac notes. Offers a good, solid, tar-tinged finish. Best from 2014 through 2019.
Decanter
- 16.75/20
«Firm but exuberant black fruits on the nose with brambly currants. Fairly rich, solid, concentrated and dense with a spicy and lively aftertaste. «
Erobertparker.com

It has fine clarity on the pastille-like bouquet with orange blossom and small red cherries...the palate is medium-bodied with firm dry tannins. There is plenty of tobacco and cedar infused black fruit and the finish has a sedate, natural quality about it.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16.00/20
Very dark crimson. Rich, sweet dark fruit. More blueberry than cassis. A little dry...but the tannins are firm yet rounded and in harmony. Freshness just right.
Wine Advocate
- 89 - 91/100

The Château Le Boscq has a light but well defined, very pure bouquet of blackberry, cedar and smoke, hints of orange rind developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins on the entry, good weight with dense, robust tannins and layers of toasty blackberry and plum towards the finish. Very fine! Tasted April 2011.

Weinwisser
- 18/20

Sattes Purpur-Granat. Ausladendes, warmes Cassis-und Brombeerbouquet, ein Hauch Kokos, schön zugänglich. Im Gaumen fleischig, guter Rückhalt, mit gutem Potenzial, aber verspäteter Genussreife. 2018-2028

Wine Enthusiast
- 91-93/100

This is deceptively soft wine, with tannins full of sweetness. Behind the opulent façade, the power and dry character is very evident.

timatkin.com
- 89.00/100
New Bordeaux
- 93.00/100
This has promise, with carefully-worked black fruits, that are intense but not pinched, and a good freshness on the finish. Enjoyable, and a relatively good-value wine. (93+ points)
Decanter
- 16/20

Well-extracted and quite vibrant cassis fruit, freshness, depth and potential complexity. Drink 2014-18.

The World of Fine Wine
- 15.50 - 16.50/20
Ripe blackberry fruit on the nose, beautifully balanced wine: rich, soft, fresh, and finely tannic, a superb core fruit, velvety within the fine, firm tannin, juicy blackcurrant flavor, quite complex, prolonged on the palate, long and fresh and sweet to finish. Splendid cru bourgeois.
Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)
- 15.00/20
Robe Grenat. Nez intense, assez complexe. Bouche souple et ronde, jolie matière mûre, du fruit, réussi.
Jamessuckling.com
- 90 - 91/100

Beautiful berry and milk chocolate character on the nose and palate. Full body, with soft tannins and fruity finish.

Vintage

Weather conditions were remarkable in 2009: high sunshine and temperatures, and exceptional water shortage, particularly this year in Saint-Estèphe. At Château Le Boscq, the clay content of the vineyard’s subsoil has played a significant role in preventing the hydric stress. Magnificent ripening was quite normal and harvesting was quick, with excellent conditions. Gentle vinifications retained the fruit, elegance and finesse of the tannins.

Tasting notes

Very dark red in colour. The well-balanced, fresh bouquet exudes dark fruits and subtly roasted, oaky notes. The wine is round on the attack and well-structured on the palate, revealing a tannic structure enveloped in concentrated, ripe flesh. The dense, tight texture on the finish signals a wine with great ageing potential. This magnificent vintage at le Boscq oozes class, with abundant finesse and elegance.

Blend

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Sommeliers International

Robe : rubis un peu évolué, limpide et brillante. Assez dense. Nez : aromatique et complexe. Notes sauvages épicées, fruitées, animales et minérales. Bouche : touché de bouche souple et suave, fine. Bien équilibrée. La bouche révèle à la fois sa grande fraîcheur et son expression solaire - Accords mets et vins : caille farcie. Commentaires : un très beau Saint-Estèphe.

Visual aspect : ruby-red with signs of development, translucent and brilliant. Quite dense. Nose : aromatic and complex. Wild, spicy, fruity, animal and mineral notes. Palate : supple, pleasant, and fine sensation. Well-balanced. The palate reveals at the same time a great freshness and a solar expression. Match with food : stuffed quails. Comments : a really beautiful Saint-Estèphe.

The Wine Cellar Insider
- 88/100

One of the better value wines from St. Estèphe, from a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot, the wine is medium bodied with notes of coffee bean, dark cherries, stone and earth. Round in texture, there is a nice black raspberry sensation in the finish.

Wine Advocate
- 87/100

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. There is a lot of unresolved oak on the nose, underneath which lies blackberry, raspberry and crushed stone. It is a little bretty and animally, subduing the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, rounded entry, slightly lower acidity than its peers with a soft, smudged red berry and spice infused finish. Tasted January 2013.

Decanter
- 17/20

Highly recommended : Gorgeous nose with a discreet opulence showing black fruit, cedar and cinnamon spice. Tannins are a bit green but there is good depth and it should turn out well. Rewarding velvety textures and some complexity, it is fresh, alluring and long. 

Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

Avec une croupe de graves dominant en première ligne sur l'estuaire, ce cru au terroir d'une remarquable homogéneité a permis à l'équipe des Vignobles Dourthe de donner naissance à un vin de très bonne tenue. Sa qualité apparaît dès le bouquet aux notes intenses et élégantes de fruits noirs et de pivoine. Ample, charnu, corpulent, le palais offre une belle mâche, bâti sur des tanins garants d'une belle longévité. On pourra commencer à servir cette bouteille dans quatre ou cinq ans sur un civet de lièvre ou sur un sauté d'agneau.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15.5/20

Nez profond sur des notes de mûres, bouche suave et précise, construite sans excès, avec des tanins fins

Wine Advocate
- 88/100

A very reliable cru bourgeois from St.-Estephe, this wine exhibits notes of damp forest floor intermixed with excellent black cherry and black currant fruit. Some hints of camphor and truffle are also present in this medium to full-bodied, well-made wine. It should drink nicely for at least a decade.

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

Soft and velvety red, with berry, nutmeg and clove character. Fresh acidity. Spicy finish. Delicious already, but better in 2015.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 17/20

Deep plush crimson. Opulently ripe without being speciously sweet. Very complete and beautifully balanced without losing its communal identity. Well done.

Weinwisser
- 19/20

Sattes Purpur-Granat. Verrücktes Bouquet, reife Pflaumen, Kokos und Pralinennoten. Im Gaumen Cremig, üppig, schwarze Beeren, gebündeltes, langes Finale. Die 19/20 waren beider letztjährigen Primeurprobe berechtigt!

Decanter
- 16+/20

3 étoiles

Good depth of fleshy, earthy fruit. A well-made, robust yet elegant wine. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 90-92/100

Solid, chunky and rich, with firm tannins, classic blackcurrant fruit, a definite tough edge. Good for aging.

Le Figaro
- 17.80-18.20/20

Robe grenat. Nez beau nez épicé. En bouche, souple et joli fruit, belle longueur, extraction douce. Grand vin !

Periodic Review of Wine
- 89 - 91/100

My debut tasting of this estate reveals a complex, solid wine! The saturated ruby-purple color precedes deep perfumes of scorched earth, seared meat, blueberry, mulberry, and some notions of smoke. A fabulously full-bodied, dense, rich mouth with delicious length, ripe black cherries, and mulberry fruit. This is a seamless and lingering Le Boscq that should not be overlooked. It will be a perfect candidate to deliver value, compared to higher classified growths.

TAST
- 16/20

Les tanins de ce saint-estèphe, très long et élégant, sont fins. Lefruité est savoureux. Décidément, cette appellation est en forme dans le millésime.

Decanter
- 16/20

Dense red, good depth of fleshy, earthy fruit, a well-made robust yet elegant wine. 

Wine Advocate
- 87-88/100

This estate is owned by the Dourthe family and sits ona beautiful vineyard sandwiched between Sociando Mallet and Calon Segur. Black currants galore intermixed with some noticeable minerality and loamy soil notes are all present in this blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. Medium to full-bodied, with moderate tannin.

Wine Spectator
- 89 - 92/100

Crushed blueberry on the nose, with cassis leaf and flowers. Full-bodied, with a lovely silky texture and a medium finish. Layered and attractive.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Rather exotic, ripe dark purple fruits on the nose and an extraordinary register of sweetness on the front palate. Only at the end of the palate does the St-Estèphe austerity kick in. Very unusual! Almost a Jekyll and Hyde of a wine. The drying tannins enforce a long wait but I’m not sure the fruit weight will keep it going that long... 

The World of Fine Wine
- 15 - 15.5/20

Very ripe blackberry nose, quite marketed minerality, too, well balanced in a fairly powerful way, with firm St-Estèphe tannins, a lively acidity, and plenty of fruit behind, long and juicy, but certainly in a fairly solid, chewy style, typical, muscular, St-Estèphe, a satisfying fruit bomb but not without finesse, and with very good, sweet fruit and fragrance persistence. 

Vintage

Improvements in the vineyard continued as the last trellising for the oldest vines was raised in height. Mapping areas of water shortage in the vineyard has allowed even more precise selective harvesting. Each micro-plot was harvested at optimum ripeness. The grapes have benefited from excellent sunshine hours throughout September and October. Winemaking has been characterised by long ‘cuvaisons’, favouring the slow and gentle release of a highly impressive, ripe and delicate tannic structure.

Tasting notes

Deep purple in appearance. The bouquet offers extremely ripe red fruits and blackcurrants, and toasty notes. On the palate, the tannins are supple and silky. They develop with great elegance alongside the fruit character. Long finish.

Blend

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)
- 15/20

Le 2008 affiche une belle densité, mais il reste aimable et suave avec, évidemment une structure tannique présente, Saint-Estèphe oblige.

Guide Hachette
Une belle demeure de la fin du XIXe. Et une croupe de graves sur des argiles regardant l'estuaire donnent un caractère hautement médocain à cette propriété. Son vin se montre encore sur la défensive au nez, très marqué par l'élevage (grillé, fumé). En bouche il apparaît plus aimable, fruité, souple et rond en attaque, avant de dévoiler des tanins stricts qu'il faudra laisser mûrir un à trois ans. Pour une poitrine de veau farcie
Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

Jolie couleur, nez profond et expressif, extraction bien faite, précision des tanins, élégance.

Weinwisser
- 18/20

Viel Purpur mit satter Mitte. Preiselbeern und rotes Cassis vermischen sich mit frisch geröstetem Kaffee. Guter Rückhalt, frische, schwarze Pflaumen, not gut stützende Adstringenz, braucht noch etwa 5 Jahre. Toller Wert, für Geneisser, die eher das Moderne bevorzugen.

Guide Hubert
- 4etoile(s)

Joli nez épicé et floral, de fruits noirs plutôt mûrs, bouche charnue et ample, avec du fruit, des tanins solides, de la vigueur et de la fraîcheur. Bien constitué, bon potentiel.

Erobertparker.com
- 86/100

A completely different blend than the 2010 (70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 10% Petit Verdot) has given lots of color as well as some firm tannins, a classy, earthy, blue and red fruit-scented nose, medium body and good spice. 

Wine Spectator
- 88/100

This fresh, juicy red has a tangy edge supporting its red currant, cherry and plus fruit, laced with light, toasty vanilla. Firms up on a touch on the finish, but still offers solid flesh for the vintage. 

Decanter
- 17.33/20

**** Highly recommended - Good plummy red and black fruit bouquet. Firm fruit, lovely elegance and vineyard origin. A lovely elegant and aromatic, long finish. Excellent balance. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 90/100

Barrel sample. Tight tannins, a firm, solid Saint-Estèphe. There are black plum skins, dense fruit, and dark tannins which run right across the wine.

Falstaff
- 86 - 88/100

Kräftiges Rubingranat, jugendliche Reflexe, zarter Wasserrand. In der Nase einladende Kirschen-Weichsel-Frucht, zart nach Mandarinenzesten. Am Gaumen elegant, finessenreiche Säurestruktur, mittlerer Körper, frisch, gastronomischer Stil, zitronige Nuancen, bald antrinkbar.

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15.5 - 17.5/20

Les arômes sont riches et complexes, avec un beau fruit fondu. La bouche est ample, elle donne sur le fruit. Texture serrée. Les solides tanins devront s'harmoniser.

Le Point
- 15/20

Fruits noirs, gelée de mûre, bouche ronde, garnie, tanins gras, fraîcheur, souplesse, mais de la matière derrière, bonne longueur et fruit préservé.

Weinwisser
- 18/20

Sattes, dichtes Purpur mit scharlachroten Reflexen. Bombiges, verführerisches Bouquet, Maulbeeren und Kokosnoten, dezent dropsig im Ansatz. Im Gaumen veloursartiger Körper, weiches Extrakt, wieder eine wahre Fruchtbombe bei toller Konzentration. Wie immer ein Charmeur mit unglaublich viel Sex-Appeal. 

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16.5/20

Toasty dark fruit, sweetness of oak spice but also an attractive violet note. Full, firm and scented in the middle, both rich and fresh. Moderate length, dry finish.

TAST
- 15.5/20

Le domaine a produit un agréable 2008, avec un tanin très fin, il montre déjà une amabilité étonnante pour un Saint-Estèphe dans le millésime. Aromatique et fin qui s'ouvrira vite. Il sera idéal pour la restauration.

Vintage

Weather conditions characterising this vintage were chaotic: a mild winter and early vegetative growth, only to be suddenly halted by a particularly gloomy and cool summer. Thankfully, conditions were saved by the providential weather conditions of September, boasting the greatest number of sunshine hours in the 60 years. Impeccable monitoring of phytosanitary conditions and painstaking work in the vineyard, made it possible to control vegetation and to ensure good fruit ripening. Pinpointing, but not rushing, the appropriate harvesting dates, on a parcel by parcel basis, have played a fundamental role in this vintage, where patience and vigilance were key.

Tasting notes

Blend

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Weinwisser
- 17/20

Dunkles Granat, recht satt in der Mitte, rubiner Rand. Zimt und Pflaumen und viel Zedernholz im dezent rauchigen Bouquet. Im Gaumen schon recht samtig, ersten Genussspass vermittelnd, zeigt Sex-Appeal. 

L'Obs - Le Nouvel Observateur
Sur une belle croupe de l'appellation, ce domaine de la galaxie Dourthe n'a cessé de progresser à la suite d'investissements conséquents dans le chai et le vignoble. Si le merlot domine, la présence du petit verdot et d'une pincée de cabernet franc aux cotés du sauvignon donne une trame tannique solide mais délicieusement veloutée. Notes de cassis et de groseille dominent sur une finale grillée-vanillée.
Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

La météo chaotique n'a pas facilité la venue de ce millésime. Toutefois, les bons terroirs comme celui du Boscq ont bénéficié d'un avantage réel, qui permet au 2007 de rester fidèle à la tradition qualitative du cru grâce aux efforts de l'équipe des Vignobles Dourthe. Puissant et harmonieux, le vin s'appuie sur une bonne structure, un palais ample et un bouquet flatteur (fruits, torréfaction et confiture) pour montrer son potentiel. Un vrai saint-estèphe qui appréciera trois ou quatre ans de garde. (1 étoile = vin très réussi)

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

Robe sombre. Nez profond aux notes torréfiées. Bouche à la matière souple et dense, de la suavité, grande richesse tannique en finale.

Decanter
- 15.67/20
Aromas of ripe red fruits with spicy notes. Juicy, succulent palate accompanied by firm tannins. From 2011.
Falstaff
- 86 - 88/100

Dunkes Rubingranat, jugendliche Reflexe, violetter Rand. In der Nase frische Waldbeernote, etwas Orangen und zarter Nougat. Am Gaumen frisch strukturiert, saftiges Kirschkonfit, mittlere Textur, bereits recht harmonisch, charmanter Speisenbegleiter.

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15.5 - 17.5/20

Nez de caractère, exhalant des arômes de fruits mûrs et de rose, bouche souple, avec des tanins présents et une finale agréable.

Decanter
- 16/20

Dark color. Rich wine, with good expression and smoothness of flavor. Fine and modern. 

TAST
- 15/20

Joli cru classique de saint-estèphe, dense avec des tanins structurants, longs et une minéralité qui transparait en finale.

Weinwisser
- 17/20

Tasting notes

The color is dark crimsom. The expressive aromatic bouquet shows blackberries, elegant oak and hints of blond tobacco. The palate is full-bodied and reveals an elegant smoothness due to the Merlot blend. The tannins are fine ripe and well-rounded with a nice aromatic length.

Blend

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Guide Phaneuf
- 3etoile(s)

Excellent Saint-Estèphe élaboré avec beaucoup de doigté et s'inscrivant dans le style de son appellation. Sa vivacité est garante de fraîcheur et d'équilibre, tout en accentuant sa ligne tannique très droite. Musclé, racé et à la fois élégant. (...)

Weinwisser
- 18/20

Sehr dunkel, satte Mitte, feiner Rand aussen. Würziges Bouquet, ein Hauch korinthen und frisch gegerbtes Leder, Tabaknuancen, wirkt aber doch noch verschlossen. Im Gaumen viel Saft zeigend, feine Textur, nur in der Adstringenz spürt man die noch ernst zu nehemenden Jahrgangstannine, tolles Potenzial, aber noch ein paar Jahre von der Reife weg. 

Gault&Millau
- 16.5/20

Un vin à la robe attractive sur des nuances carmin. Au nez le vin est dominé par des notes d'élevage, bois, vanille, poivre, fumé, tabac, café...En bouche, l'attaque est ronde puis le vin se creuse pour finir sur des tanins fins... 

Jancis Robinson.com
- 15.5/20

Mild and green and fresh on the nose. Quite developed. Sweet start. Perhaps not very noble and more advanced than some but a decent glass of northern Médoc, provided you can accommodate the greenness on the finish. 

Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

Exploitée par les vignobles Dourthe depuis 1995, cette propriété est établie sur une croupe de graves regardant le fleuve et plantée en majorité de merlot. Son vin a été apprécié pour son bouquet aux élégantes notes toastées et grillées et pour sa bouche longue et complexe qui révèle un ensemble de caractère, toutefois encore marqué par le bois. Une bouteille de style moderne à mettre en cave deux ou trois ans. (1 étoile = vin très réussi)

Guide Hubert
- 4.5etoile(s)

Nez très épanoui et de belle complexité, avec un fruit bien mûr et un très joli boisé, que l'on retrouve dans une bouche fruitée, charpentée mais aux tanins civilisés, avec une texture grasse, un joli boisé et de la suite.

Wine Spectator
- 87/100

Displays blackberry, light spices and coffee bean. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a dark chocolate and fruit aftertaste. Soft and friendly for the vintage. 

Decanter
- 17/20

**** Highly recommended

Charred, savoury oak notes and plummy red berry fruit. Overt and complex. Rich, round, textured. Sweet cassis and red currant. Fresh acids and creamy tannins. 

Gault&Millau
- 16.5/20

Un vin à la robe attractive sur des nuances carmin. Au nez, le vin est dominé par des notes d'élevage, bois, vanille, poivre, fumé, tabac, café mais les fruits arrivent ensuite sur une trame très mûre. En bouche, l'attaque est ronde puis le vin se creuse pour finir sur des tanins fins mais encore croquants. Tout cela a besoin de s'attendrir mais le vin paraît bon. A boire avant 2022,

Decanter
- 16/20

Big spicy wine with lots of liquorice fruit, smooth with good vineyard depth, very attractive. 

Le Point
- 15.5/20

Réglisse, poivré, café, joli nez, chocolat, un peu pomerolais, bouche douce, onctueuse, beau vin, garni, gras, belle matière, tanins généreux, saveurs rehaussées par un bois maîtrisé.

Falstaff
- 87 - 89/100

Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, jugendliche Reflexe, violetter Rand. In der Nase frische Weichsel-Brombeer-Note, zarte nach Grapefruitzesten. Am Gaumen rassig, zitronige Struktur, mit feiner dunkle Beerenfrucht unterlegt, Weichseln klingen an, bleibt gut haften, mittlere Textur, rassiger, frischer Stil.

Weinwisser
- 18/20

Sehr dunkles Granat mit lila Schimmer. Würziges Bouquet, oben blaubeerig mit reifer Frucht, unten schwarze Pfefferkörner und Tabak. Im Gaumen wie immer mit sehr viel Frühcharme, Brombeertouch, Black Currant, wieder eine schöne, schwarze Würze darunter, Lakritze im Innern, für einmal nicht nur Charme, sondern auch viel St Estèphe-Charakter, nach mehr Flaschenreife als sonst verlangend.

Wine Spectator
- 85 - 88/100

Clean-cut, with some pleasant berry and currant character. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish.

Tasting notes

Full fruit and body on the palate associated with great elegance in this powerful and balanced wine. Tasting reveals all the qualities of a very stylish Chateau le Boscq, one of the elite of the appellation.

Blend

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15.5/20

Belle matière, riche et consistant en bouche. S'il paraît un peu évolué, il conserve de la complexité et de la densité en finale. Joliment épanoui.

Weinwisser
- 18/20

Reifendes Granat, sehr dunkel. In der Nase eine erste Reife aneigend, viel Malz, Korinthen und eine reife Saint-Estèphe-Terroirausstrahlung. Im Gaumen wieder Malznoten, Dörrpflaumen, noch gute Reserven zeigend. Wer ihn zwei Stunden dekantiert, kann schon mal einen Blick drauf werfen. Bestätigt die erste Euphorie. 

Decanter
- 17/20

**** Higly recommended

Always a good-value property, this has lush fruit, silky texture and good tannic support. Drinkable now but will hold for some years. A bargain 2005.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 15/20

Savoury and slightly spiced with dark meaty beginnings. Dry fine grip, quite fragrant on the mid palate compared with the nose. Tannins only just ripe on the finish. 

The Sunday Times
Il you like French wine, look for the right year for maximum value: 2005 was particularly good, but the wines are still young, so prices are just about affordable. One of my favourites is Château le Boscq from Bordeaux - it's perfect for a really special occasion.
Guide Phaneuf
- 3etoile(s)

Cette vieille propriété de 18 Hectares a été acquise en 1995 par l'union Française de Gestion qui en a confié l'exploitation au groupe Dourthe-Kressmann (aujourd'hui CVBG). Ce 2005 reflète avec brio la qualité de son terroir et de son millésime. Un vin charnu et généreux, agrémenté de notes de torréfaction et doté de cette fermeté typique de Saint-Estèphe. On peut le laisser reposer en cave encore quelques années. Pas donné, mais très bon et prometteur.

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

Implanté sur une croupe de graves garonnaises sur sous-sol argileux, le vignoble de ce cru prospère sous le regard de la statue de la Vierge installée au point culminant de l’appellation. Affichant un bouquet complexe (fruits noirs, cacao, grillé) et des tanins puissants de grande classe aux accents de clou de girofle, ce vin offre une superbe image de l’appellation et du millésime. Il devra patienter cinq à six ans en cave avant de rejoindre à table une côte de bœuf grillée. (2 étoiles = vin remarquable)

Wine Spectator
- 89/100

Delivers blackberry, licorice and mineral aromas, with just a hint of coffee. Full-bodied, with a velvety texture and a decadent, earthy, very ripe fruit character on the palate. A bite rustic, but interesting. 

Le Point
- 15.5/20

Cerise, fraise, bien fruité, bouche souple, ronde, tanins bien fondus, beaucoup de maturité, finale assez serrée sur un fruit éclatant. 

Wine Advocate
- 88 - 90/100

Space limitations did not allow complete tasting notes for this Cru Bourgeois, but 2005 is the finest vintage for these wines since 1982. The range of scores for these wines should give readers an idea of just how consistent this vintage is at this level. Given the style of the vintage, most of these wines should be accessible young yet evolve for a decade or more because of their concentration and tannic structure.

Erobertparker.com
- 88 - 90/100

Space limitations did not allow complete tasting notes for this Crus Bourgeois, but 2005 is the finest vintage for these wines since 1982. The range of scores for these wines should be accessible young yet evolve for a decade or more because of their concentration and tannic structure.

Tasting notes

Blend

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Wine Advocate
- 89/100

This is another solid, what you might call “second tier” Saint Estephe 2004. It has a conservative but well defined nose of blackberry, smoke, singed leather and a touch of green leaves. The palate has firm, slightly chewy tannins, lots of dry extract with a hint of soy inflected the slightly austere black fruits. But I like the balance and it has nice weight on the finish. Sturdy and solid. Tasted November 2008.

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

Vin Remarquable. S'annonçant par une tunique d'un rubis brillant, ce 2004 développe un bouquet ouvert qui impressionne par sa complexité. Les arômes de fruits s'associent à de délicates nuances de café, de grillé et de menthol. Au palais, ce vin s'affirme par des saveurs gourmandes qui s'appuient sur une bonne assise tannique. 

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15/20

Nous avons aimé. Un joli bois, une belle matière mûre, une belle longueur, c'est joliment fait. Belle finale chocolatée. 

Weinwisser
- 18/20
Weinwisser
- 18/20

...Un nez déjà très enivrant. Au palais, beaucoup de jus et de rondeur, une pure douceur fruitée, et une finale dense aux arômes de baies noires. Un Saint-Estèphe extrêmement fin, en dégustant l’échantillon de barrique, on est est déjà tenté d’en prendre une grosse gorgée...

IWSC
SILVER MEDAL

Tasting notes

Blend

30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Wine Advocate
- 87/100

The 2003's dark ruby/purple color is followed by fleshy red and black cherry notes intertwined with smoky blackberries. This attractive, low acid, soft, fleshy offering should be consumed over the next 4-6 years.

Wine Spectator
- 85/100

Black currant with hints of spices. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a simple finish. Best from 2006 through 2009. 

Wine Advocate
- 87 - 88/100

A solidly made, deep ruby/purple-colored St.-Estephe with chewy, ripe, concentrated fruit, seamlessly-integrated tannin, and low acidity, the 2003 Le Boscq will drink well for 7-8 years.



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