Château Bourgneuf Château Bourgneuf
March 31, 2021, James Molesworth
“Ripe and fresh, with a focused beam of cassis, bitter cherry and raspberry reduction flavors streaming through, carried by hints of wet stone, savory and smoldering tobacco. A pinch austere through the finish, but has enough fruit to let it loosen up with cellaring. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2032.”
March 2021, Neal Martin
“The 2018 Bourgneuf retains the charming bouquet that I observed in barrel, offering well-defined blackberry and crushed strawberry fruit, forest floor scents percolating up with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins, lithe and supple in the mouth. A touch of white pepper emerges toward the elegant finish. This is a delightful Pomerol, not long-term, but you will definitely finish a bottle.”
January 14, 2021, James Suckling
“This is a powerful Pomerol with dense, layered tannins that coat the mouth and show so much intensity and richness. It’s full-bodied and chewy. A wine that’s structured for the long term. Drink after 2025.”
November 9, 2020, Jane Anson
“Delivering a ton of Pomerol signature, this is a really enjoyable, solid wine that has easy pleasure and lots of layers. Sweet black cherry fruit and a nice freshness through the finish, with touches of crushed mint. This is a lovely wine.”
Owned by the Vayron family since 1821, this lovely vineyard is situated in the heart of Pomerol’s most prestigious terroirs, with Château Trotanoy as its neighbor. Since 2008, the wine is made by the youngest Vayron to join the family venture, Frédérique, the daughter of current owners Xavier and Dominique.
Formed by a gentle, sloping plot, the west-facing vineyard enjoys ideal sun exposure, thanks to which some of its parcels were spared from the great frost of 1956.
Situated in one of the warmest parts of Pomerol, Château Bourgneuf produces wines that are deep and dense, layered and complex, with perfectly rounded tannins. The wine’s ripe fruit aromas make it seductive when young, but a few years of cellaring are strongly rewarded.
The merlot and cabernet franc vines, of an average age of 40 years, are planted on gravelly clay enhanced by an iron-rich subsoil. The vineyard is maintained traditionally and conscientiously throughout the year. Vinification takes place in thermo-regulated concrete tanks, and aging is carried out in oak barrels (35% new) for 12-14 months.
Nose of ripe red fruit with slightly toasted evident oak. Very concentrated, powerful, warm palate marked by oak tannins.
Winter and spring were very rainy. A late budbreak allowed us to avoid a spring frost. The rainy spring caused a severe attack of mildew that required constant vigilance in the vineyard for many properties throughout the growing season. Summer was dry and sunny: the main characteristic of this vintage was the 1,136 hours of sunshine between June and September, a notable record of the past fifty years.
Varietals: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Soil Composition: Gravel and clay, iron-rich subsoil
Aging: 12-14 months in French oak barrels (35% new, 65% 1 or 2 year old barrels)