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Essence de Dourthe

AOC Bordeaux

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Essence de Dourthe find its origins in the prestigious Dourthe estates: Château Belgrave, Château Le Boscq, Château La Garde, Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac. Only 14 hectares of the very best gravel and clay soils and the finest, most distinguished, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot vines have been selected; 14 hectares of vines on which the Dourthe oenologists and their teams focus all their talent and give free reign to their passion. Essence is the result of their remarkable achievements in each vineyard, a sublime combination of great terroirs and talents. But Essence is rare: only 6,000 bottles of Essence de Dourthe are produced each year.

Vinification & Ageing

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2015 - 2014 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2006 - 2005

The vintage

From time to time a vintage comes along that makes you really smile. 2015 seems set to be one of these ! In 2015, Nature was a definite ally. Successful flowering got us off to a great start. Very dry weather at the start of summer may at times have been some cause for concern, but from early August, kind, indeed weather in our favour, promoted perfect ripening in the grapes and delivered excellent quality. Harvesting and vinifications ran smoothly, calmly and pressure-free, and there is absolutely no doubt that our cellars harbour a number of gems…

Tasting notes

Incredibly deep and concentrated in appearance and tinged with crimson. Intense and complex on the bouquet, redolent of ripe, fresh black berry fruits, combined to perfection with spicy notes. Very smooth and full-flavoured on the palate from the outset, the aromas evolve swiftly, gaining remarkable breadth and intensity. Impressively full-bodied, concentrated and silky, the lengthy structure, enveloped in lingering aromas of black cherry and blackcurrant, together with delicate notes of sweet spice, extends all the more to culminate in a finish of rare distinction and length. A very great wine with exceptional balance, finesse and length.

Blend

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 97/100

Fabulous aromas of blackberries, blueberries, cinnamon, and perfume. Full-bodied, tight and explosive. Pulls back on the palate and then releases. A wine with complexity, depth and excitement. A blend of best wines from Belgrave, La Garde, Le Boscq and Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac. Only made in selected vintages. 6,000 bottles. A structured red for long-term aging yet balanced and beautiful. Try in 2023.

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.

 

For Essence de DOURTHE, each vine is considered as a specific entity, benefiting from tailored management techniques, receiving no less than fitty different actions before the harvest, to produce the finest quality grapes possible. Rapidly after harvesting, there were absolutely no doubt that our cellars produced once again one of these rare gems, that ageing and time would reveal…

 

Tasting notes

Very attractive and intensely deep in appearance, tinged with bright, ruby-red highlights. Intense aromas of ripe, fresh fruit develop on the nose, accompanied by notes of spice and sandalwood. Super silky from the outset, the wine rapidly gains in body, and is appealingly generous and concentrated on the palate.  Delicious and refreshing mouthfeel, where flavours of blackcurrant, black cherries and hints of sweet spice intermingle and coat the remarkably delicate, tannic structure. Overall, this perfectly balanced wine gradually unfurls in a noticeably lengthy finish, revealing surprisingly persistent aromas.

 

Blend

68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 94/100

Lots of aromas of tar and dark berries with walnuts and currants that follow through to a full body. The round, soft tannins are tight and focused with lovely freshness. Better after 2021, but already beautiful to drink

The vintage

Some vintages truly hit all the right notes and 2010 is one such.

After a difficult spring, weather in summer right through to the end of the season was remarkable. Sunshine almost every day and perfect temperatures, good night/day temperature variations, and slowly ripening grapes all played a part in promoting freshness, complex aromas and great phenolic ripeness, all contained in perfect harmony.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the 2010 vintage ranks alongside exceptional Bordeaux vintages.

Tasting notes

Incredibly deep and concentrated in appearance and tinged with purple. Intensity reigns on the complex bouquet, where aromas of ripe fruits meld with delicate, sweet, spicy notes.

This is an impressive wine, initially supple on the palate, yet swiftly gaining in richness and power. The appealing aromatic intensity is underpinned by delicate, silky tannins, while the accompanying freshness supports the wine as it evolves, only to culminate in an exceptionally long finish.

Refined, powerful and well-balanced, Essence de Dourthe 2010 is a resounding success for this stunning vintage.

Blend

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 94/100

This is a powerful expression of this great vintage. Hugely rich, concentrated and with layers of black-plum fruits, the wine is dense and full of spice and balanced acidity. It is still a young wine, typical of the vintage at this stage.

Jamessuckling.com
- 95/100

Bright, high-toned 2010 with blackberries, blueberries and dark stones. Full body, polished and rich tannins and a polished and velvety texture. Lots of fruit yet always reserved. This needs four or five years still.

The vintage

In 2009, Nature was exceptionally generous providing a long, sunny summer extending into the autumn, which amply rewarded our efforts and patience and resulted in an exceptional vintage, one of the finest in the history of Bordeaux.

Tasting notes

Highly attractive, intense colour. Powerful on the nose, the wine exudes intense ripe, fresh fruit aromas of black cherries, which blend seamlessly with notes of spice, liquorice and mint. Soft, long and full on the palate, underpinned by refined tannins. The aromatic and refreshing fleshy character coats the well-balanced structure, before the long, delicately spiced finish. The richness and complexity of Essence 2009, at this stage of the wine’s development, would benefit from airing for two hours before drinking.

Blend

53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 97/100

Wet earth and brambleberry aromas with hints of walnuts and Chinese tea. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful. Layers of fruit. Needs at least six to seven years to open.

Tasting notes

This intensely dark wine is distinguished by its deep, bright colour. The powerful nose exudes a complex bouquet of fresh red fruit, intermingled with vanilla, sandalwood and black pepper notes. The wine is full on the palate, revealing fine-grained tannins and impressive, unctuous character. The ripe fruit is enhanced by attractive freshness and a spicy, delicately oaked finish. Tasting this harmonious blend - remarkable for its power, delicate quality and purity - is extended by its long finish, full of potential, indicating a very great wine.

Blend

73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 94/100

A very aromatic red with dark berry and plum character and wet earth and stones. Full to medium body, linear tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and racy.

Les Echos
Le vin brille par son magnifique grain de texture, une chair soyeuse et gourmande. La finale, qui ne manque ni de nerf, ni de fraîcheur, impressionne par sa persistance. A garder sagement en cave comme un grand cru.
Wine Advocate
- 90/100

This is a branded wine produced from the very best lots that the Dourthe firm owns, which includes some well-known château such as le Boscq in St.-Estèphe, La Garde in Pessac-Léognan, Belgrave in the Medoc, and Grand Barrail in St.-Emilion. Only 500 cases are made and the 2008 is a beauty. Dense purple, with loads of black currant fruit intermixed with hints of coffee bean, tobacco, leaf and licorice, the wine is medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with sweet tannin. Even though this is a branded negociant wine, it is at the highest level of quality and should age nicely for at least a decade.

Tasting notes

The wine is deep in colour and extremely bright. Its complex bouquet is characterised by intense aromatic freshness, and red and black fruit aromas intermingle with delicate, spicy notes, underpinned with enchanting fragrances of cocoa and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is impressively full and the silky texture of its powerful body delights as it caresses the tongue, revealing remarkable balance and purity. Through carefully controlled ageing, the seductive fruit character revels in its true glory and is a fine complement to this harmonious blend, with its lingering finish indicating its huge potential. 

Powerful, elegant and delicate, Essence de Dourthe 2006 boasts the nobility of only the finest wines.

Blend

71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 95/100

Aromas of spices, balsamic vinegar and hot stones. Full-bodied, tangy and rich with decadence but style.

Tasting notes

The wine’s dense appearance reveals glints of dark purple. Intensity and finesse characterise the complex nose, as it reveals exemplary aromatic freshness and emanates powerful ripe-fruit fragrances of red cherries, Burlat cherries and blackcurrant, intermingled with delicate nuances of cedar and toasted cocoa beans. On the palate, the fullness and weight of the wine is impressive, and then its surprising velvet texture is soon unveiled. It is a delicate wine, silky even, revealing incredible balance, freshness and purity. As the palate develops, it is supported by extremely good acidity, which delivers an exceptionally long finish. Majestic and refined, Essence de Dourthe 2005 is a magnificent wine from an unparalleled vintage.

Blend

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 93/100

This wine is just mature, showing signs of development into secondary flavors. Its tannins are now fully integrated, giving a wine that is ripe, full of great intensity and ready to drink.

Jamessuckling.com
- 96/100

Gorgeous aromas of chocolate, currants and blueberries. Cedar and tobacco undertones. Violets, too. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a silky and caressing finish. Firm and polished. Very textured.

TAST
- 16.5/20


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