While it isn’t too difficult to pick up recent vintages of Bordeaux, when you look at the great vintages of 2005, 2009 and 2010 there is less and less to go around. We’ve used our great relationship with a producer whose wines have been a long-standing customer favourite to obtain a special parcel of library vintages direct from Château Hourtin-Ducasse.
The Château is based in the small village of Le Fournas, with 23 hectares bordering the acclaimed vineyards of Pauillac. Michel and Marie-Noëlle Marengo have been co-owners and winemakers at the property since 1975.
Michel is hugely attentive in the vineyards and works incredibly hard ensuring the health of the vines. Formulating his own organic fertiliser using essential oils and sowing oats in between the vines to protect from weeds are just a couple of the methods used. While not certified, the estate is farmed organically and biodynamic methods are used throughout. Michel will not abandon this, and despite issues in previous years which have caused many of his neighbours to revert back to chemicals he has stood firm with his approach.
There is no formula and the blend is crafted to give the perfect expression of each particular vintage. Indeed, in 2012 Michel was not happy with the fruit and felt the wine would not truly represent the estate so no wine was produced which speaks volumes for the commitment to quality .
This is a rare chance to pick up some exceptional library stock from the greatest vintages of the century.
All cases are 6 x 75cl unless otherwise stated and prices are inclusive of duty & VAT. All wines are offered ex-Chateau with a lead time for delivery of 4 - 6 weeks. Please call us on 0207 963 9060 or e-drop us an e-mail to secure an order.
Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2005, Haut-Médoc (5 cases available)
£228 per case - £38 per bottle
Fruity and open on the nose. The palate displays deep black fruits, developing flavours of vanilla, licqorice, and a full fleshy character with an overriding freshness throughout. Supple, velvety tannins and would benefit from decanting for an hour before drinking. Plenty of life left and easily has the potential to age and evolve over the next few years.
Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2009, Haut-Médoc (3 cases available)
£174 per case - £29 per bottle
Dense and youthful with a predominant ruby colour. Ripe fruit and a smokiness on the nose, with a powerful fleshy palate. Spicy finish and well integrated tannins.
Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2010, Haut-Médoc - Magnum (150cl)
£252 per case (6 x 150cl) - £42 per bottle
Rich meaty and rather extracted style of fruit, but there are pure black berries there and good firm tannins, and very good freshness, just needs a little time to knit, a classic Haut Medoc.
Steven Spurrier - Decanter
This is an impressive, concentrated wine that gives pride of place to the ripe berry flavours and the balancing acidity. Underneath, the tannins are built up, showing that the wine will age. With its weight and depth, this needs to be aged the tannins to fully soften.
92 points – Wine Enthusiast
Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2015, Haut-Médoc
£120 per case – £20 per bottle
Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2015, Haut-Médoc - Magnum (150cl)
£240 per case (6 x150cl) – £40 per bottle
Named after two previous owners, this estate dates back to the 19th century. This wine from a sunny vintage is full and ripe, packed with stylish tannins and bright blackberry flavours. A wonderful fruity character to the wine hints at its excellent potential. Drink from 2023.
92 points – Wine Enthusiast
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