Château Hortevie, is one of the best small estates in St-Julien and a notable bargain at present prices. This Cru Bourgeois estate is owned by Henri Pradère and is tiny by St-Julien standards, with a mere 3.5 hectares of vineyards.
Hortevie is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, and is matured in oak barriques (20% new) for 12 months.
Hortevie produces a stylish, elegant and refined St-Julien that has a subtle cedarwood-scented nose and is ripe, harmonious and balanced on the palate. Ideally, the wines should not be broached before their 5th birthday and will continue improving for up to 10 years following the vintage.