Terms of 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.Vinificationrevealed 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 and concentrated in appearance, the wine is concentrated and intense on the bouquet, developing notes of ripe fruits and liquorice. Generous and rich on the palate, displaying signs of good maturity, while the silky, well-balanced tannic structure is underpinned by impressive freshness on the finish.
A very good Le Boscqably illustrating the high quality of the gravel-clay soils.
(May 2014) F. Bonnaffous – Director of Dourthe Estates
Food Pairing Red meat, Game, Cheese (Pavé d’Auge, Chambarand, Saint Marcelin), Mushrooms
The vineyard extends over a magnificent outcrop facing the Gironde estuary. The soils are made up of Garonne gravels overlying a clay subsoil which is characteristic of one of the finest terroirs found in this appellation. A mapping of the vineyard provides a thorough understanding of each vineyard plot or micro-plot. The varietal and rootstock are perfectly suited to the soils, where the gravel outcrops promote optimal maturity of the later ripening varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, whilst the cooler terroirs on the slopes are best suited to Merlot.
Vinification in small stainless-stell vats in an exemplary and very spacious tank room equipped with highly selective machinery to receive the fruit and the grapes handled with utmost care. No pump.
Ageing in French oak barrels (30% of which are new), during 12 months.