CHÂTEAU BOUSCAUT GRAND CRU CLASSE 2016
WINE TASTING NOTES
ABOUT THE WINE
Appellation | Pessac Léognan
Classification | Grand Cru Classé of the AOC Grave and Pessac Léognan
Grape | 55% Merlot 38% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Malbec
Ageing | Vinified in stainless steel and concrete tanks and aged in oak barrels (40% new)
Tasting Notes | Fruit and spices with an elegance to support the wine. The soils of the terroir provide a balance to the wine. The barrels give the wine a taste of chocolate with a hint of vanilla
Pairing | Smoked duck, wild duck, mushroom ravioli, pheasant, roasted lamb
Drinking | 2020-2035
Critic notes/awards | Decanter 93/100. Jancis Robinson 17/20. James Suckling 92-93/100 Wine enthusiast 94/100
ABOUT THE CHÂTEAU
First called Haut-Truchon, Château Bouscaut's vineyard dates back to the 17th century on the commune of Cadaujac, In 1881, it became Château Bouscaut after the name on the land register. The neighbouring property, Château Valoux, was bought by Château Bouscaut in 1929.
In the thirties, Château Bouscaut was cited as being a model estate by the Chamber of Agriculture and a race horse called Château Bouscaut won first prize in a coveted Maisons Lafitte race. In the same period, a tower was added to the main residential building and the roof was elevated.
The Château was awarded the envied status of Granf Cru Classé de Graves, for both its white and red wines in 1953.
In 1962, the château was completely destroyed by a fire. Fortunately, the cellars remained untouched. The owner, Victor Place, oversaw its reconstruction, to the exact original plans, before selling it to a group of investors from New York in 1968.
Bouscaut was acquired in 1979 by Lucien and Marie-Jeanne Lurton, a well known Bordeaux winemaker Lucien Lurton, who already owned at least ten other prestigious châteaux in appellations such as Margaux (Brane-Cantenac) or Barsac (Climens) had recognized the potential and exceptional terroir of Château Bouscaut.
Sophie Lurton, the daughter took over the management of the estate in 1992. Laurent Cogombles, her husband, an agronomist, has also been very involved since 1997. Laurent has been President of the Appellation Pessac-Léognan from 2005 to 2017.
In 1999 Château Lamothe-Bouscaut was acquired: it is a 9 hectare vineyard with a beautiful manor house in the centre of Cadaujac.
Improvements in the vineyard and the cellars are continuous: a circular tank room in 1990 and a concrete tank room in 2002. In 2010 took place the building of a 300m² cellar for the reds. This cellar's daring architecture has the particularity of being covered with barrel staves.
Current Owner: Lurton-Cogombles family
Soils: Clay on a limestone base and gravel surface
Farming: Château Bouscaut has gained the High Environmental Value recognition in 2018 (HVE3)
Vines: On average 30 years of age