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Héritage de Le Boscq

second vin du Château Le Boscq - AOC Saint-Estèphe

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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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2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011

The 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.  

 

Tasting notes

Héritage de Le Boscq 2015 : « Attractive, clear and bright in appearance. The fruit-laden bouquet exudes lovely spicy notes. Instantly charming on the palate; round and savoury, the wine is underpinned by lovely well-balanced tannic structure of great finesse, leading to a fruity, flavoursome finish. » (May 2017)

F. Bonnaffous – Director  Vignobles Dourthe

Blend

4% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 80% Merlot

The 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 25th to October 15th, all the grapes showing impressive quality in equal measure.

Tasting notes

Wonderfully dense, deep ruby-red in colour. Ripe and fruity on the bouquet with dominate delicately oaked notes. Initially soft on the palate, the wine becomes increasingly elegant and rounded. The fruit character is evident throughout and lingers on the lovely finish.

Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director

Blend

76% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

The 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

Deep and dark in appearance. The ripe fruit-laden bouquet is defined by delicate oaky notes of precious woods. Initially supple on the palate, structured by silky tannins enveloped in full, fleshy character. Fruity, vanillatinged flavours contribute to the overall character and culminate in a lovely, lingering finish. 

Blend

67% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

The 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 ruby in appearance with purplish tints. The bouquet, with its roasted, cocoa and red berry fruit aromas, reveals appealing floral character and is slightly spiced with notes of white pepper. The wine is rounded and full on the palate, with concentrated tannic structure. A very impressive second wine, worthy of its elder sibling.

Blend

65% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc

The 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

Notes of precious woods and very ripe fruits in the bouquet. Direct on the attack with a full, generous and well-balanced palate.

Blend

66% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc



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