2009 Ch. le Boscq, St Estèphe

2009 Ch. le Boscq, St Estèphe

Red, For laying down   Red | For laying down | Ch. Le Boscq | Code: 952459 | 2009 | France > Bordeaux > St Estephe | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol



Bottle 12 x 75cl



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DECANTER - Dense red, good depth of fleshy, earthy fruit, a well-made robust yet elegant wine.
(Steven Spurrier - Decanter - Apr 2010)

JANCIS - Rather exotic, ripe dark purple fruits on the nose and an extraordinary register of sweetness on the front palate. Only at the end of the palate does the St-Estèphe austerity kick in. Very unusual! Almost a Jekyll and Hyde of a wine. The drying tannins enforce a long wait but I’m not sure the fruit weight will keep it going that long.
(Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com - Apr 2010)

PARKER - This estate is owned by the Dourthe family and sits on a beautiful vineyard sandwiched between Sociando Mallet and Calon Segur. Black currants galore intermixed with some noticeable minerality and loamy soil notes are all present in this blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. Medium to full-bodied, with moderate tannin, it should drink well for 10-15 years.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - April 2010)

WS - Crushed blueberry on the nose, with cassis leaf and flowers. Full-bodied, with a lovely silky texture and a medium finish. Layered and attractive.
(James Suckling - Wine Spectator - Apr 2010)

The Story

Ch. Le Boscq


Ch. Le Boscq

Château Le Boscq is a Cru Bourgeois wine estate in the St Estephe appellation in Bordeaux, and has been owned by Dourthe since 1995.  The Dourthe is part of the CVBG group, which also comprises Kressman and Delor,  and is one of the leading négociant companies in Bordeaux.

The property owns 18 hectares of vineyards with a high proportion of Merlot (60%).  Dourthe have managed the estate with a view to producing a high quality wine, with relatively low yields.


Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.


St Estephe

St Estèphe is the northernmost of the most important communes of the Médoc and borders Pauillac on its southernmost border, with only a gully and stream separates it from Ch. Lafite. To the north lies the Bas-Médoc.

St Estèphe is defined by the depth of its gravel, which is ubiquitous but of varying depths and occasionally very shallow, when clay predominates. This keeps the soil cooler and wetter than its counterparts so that the wines can appear fresh in lighter vintages, but superbly successful in hot, dry years. 

The best châteaux in the south of the commune have the deepest soil and the thickest gravel. Cos d'Estournel has an exceptional terroir with its vineyards being located on a south-facing ridge of gravel with excellent drainage. 

St Estèphe is the least gravelly of main Médoc communes and in the north of the commune the vineyards are heavier and more clay-based leading to a rustic style of wine being produced.

The wines can appear austere in youth with a discernable ferric note at some châteaux, but the best typically display good depth of colour, pronounced acidity an tannins in youth and are exceptionally long-lived. At their best, they are the equal of almost any Bordeaux. The well-regarded St Estèphe co-operative controls the production of about half the appellation.

Recommended Châteaux
Cos (Ch. Cos d'Estournel), Ch. Montrose, Ch. Calon-Ségur, Ch. Lafon-Rochet, Ch. Les Ormes de Pez, Ch. Beau-Site, Ch. Cos Labory, Ch. Phélan-Ségur

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