2018 Château le Boscq, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

2018 Château le Boscq, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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2018 Château le Boscq, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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Again, St Estèphe’s terroir has come up trumps in 2018. Le Boscq sits a little to the north of Calon Ségur but still enjoys the typical and formative clays of the appellation. The considerable investment from the owners, Dourthe, is evident in the purity and precision of the wine, which is fresh and spicy with notes of liquorice and coffee. Drink 2022-2032.

Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous88-90
Wine Advocate89-91+/100
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 le Boscq features expressive notes of baked blackcurrants, blackberry pie and stewed plums with wafts of Provence herbs, cigar box and black pepper. Full, concentrated and supported by firm, chewy tannins, it has soft acid and an herbal lift on the finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 23/04/2019 Read more
James Suckling93-94/100
This has a beautiful sense of cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrant, blackberry and hot-stone character throughout. Medium to full body, tight and integrated tannins and a flavorful finish.
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The 2018 Château Le Boscq offers a beautiful note of pure crème de cassis, spring flowers, and a touch of gravelly minerality. While I wasn’t able to get the blend, this is normally close to equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has both richness and elegance. It’s a rock star of a Cru Bourgeois that will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 10-15 years or more.
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About this WINE

Chateau le Boscq

Chateau 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.

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Saint-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.

Saint-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. 

Saint-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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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet 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.

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