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Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.

 

Château Magdeleine Bouhou

Grand Vin Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

Bordeaux :: France

http://www.magdeleine-bouhou.com/eng/index.html

Estate::

Family vineyard since 1908 transmitting generations of the same desire for innovation. The winery was rebuilt in 2009 with small concrete tanks for a vinification by plots. Extraction by punching down (gravity) helps to bring elegance and silky to the wine. This, associated with low yield, offers high quality wines at a very affordable price. Stéphane Derenoncourt has been following this property since 2010, aware of the potential of this atypical terroir.

Bouhou or “Bouhar” in local language, it means to blow.  A name inspired by the strong wind which is generated by the Gironde estuary.

A selection of Magdeleine Bouhou best plots, where the two flagship grape varieties of the property blend harmoniously.

Grape varieties::

90% Merlot
10% Malbec

Plot selection from old vines of 35 years old. Soils of clay and limestone typical of this appellation.

Vinification::

Vinification by plot, with alcoholic fermentation in small concrete vats with temperature control. Soft pigeage are done in order to optimize extractions.

ageing::

Ageing for 12 to 14 months in French oak barriques (30% new).

nose::

A very expressive and fragrant nose with hints of black berries, plum, licorice and violet floral notes.

taste::

The wine is rich and complex with a lot of freshness. A nice amplitude in the mouth with fine tannins and a long finish.

Food pairing::

Perfect with steak and grilled meats.  After a few years of cellaring, it will be wonderful with fresh pasta with a lightly creamy sauce with truffles.

It may be decanted before serving, or open the bottle a few hours before, to aerate the wine.

Aging potential: 8 to 12 years

Closure::

Natural cork.

Ratings::

Andreas Larrson - 90 points

James Suckling - 91 points

Concours général agricole de Paris - Médaille d’argent

Le Grand Guide des Vins de France de Bettane & Desseauve - 15.5 points

 

% alc./vol. ::

14.0