Héritage de Le Boscqsecond vin du Château Le Boscq - AOC Saint-Estèphe
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.~~ Find out more about the property ~~
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 the grapes showing impressive quality in equal measure.
« Wonderfully dense, deep ruby-red in colour. Ripe and fruity on the bouquet with dominate delicately oaked notes. Initially soft on the palate, the
winebecomes increasingly elegant and rounded. The fruit character is evident throughout and lingers on the lovely finish.» (July 2016)
Frédéric Bonnaffous, Vignobles Dourthe Director
76% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
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.
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.
67% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot
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.
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.
65% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
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.
Notes of precious woods and very ripe fruits in the bouquet. Direct on the attack with a full, generous and well-balanced palate.
66% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc