After a particularly wet winter and spring, magnificent weather settled in from the end of June through to the autumn. In these exceptional conditions, the colour change of the grapes was rapid and even. Each plot of vines was harvested as it reached just the right ripeness, from 14 September (Merlot) through to 11 October (Cabernet Sauvignon).
The wines boast lovely complex aromas with perfectly ripe red and black fruit hints. They combine structure and roundness, along with the nicely lingering length on the palate that is characteristic of the great vintages. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot.
2017, the year of the frost. On 27 April, a chill swept through the Bordeaux vineyards. Protected as they are by the mild waters of the nearby estuary, our vines came out of it relatively well, with some 10 of our 67 hectares being hit. Fortunately, the May sunshine brought rapid and even flowering of the vines. July, August and early September were hot and dry. These very good conditions allowed an early start to the harvests which took place between 12 and 29 September.
The wines are nicely balanced with lots of colour and fruit flavour. A vintage brimming over with mild charm and elegance. 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
A very rainy first six months were followed by a record-breaking heatwave (80 days, from 20 June to 10 September), bringing vine growth to a sudden and early halt, which is often a sign of an exceptional vintage. The return of the rain in mid-September and a succession of hot days and cool nights brought the grapes to perfect ripeness.
2016 is a great vintage that is concentrated and intensely coloured. It boasts black fruit scents on the nose and a sensation on the palate that is well structured and mild at the same time. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.
Even flowering, a very dry, hot early summer, a month of August with an oceanic climate and a month of September combining rain and sun produced a fine vintage and generous harvest.
As is often the case, the blend of Lamothe-Bergeron is balanced between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The texture is rich, charming and silky, without overdoing the concentration. Sugary blackcurrant notes announce a most promising vintage of great ripeness.
The mild weather enjoyed in mid-June created good conditions for flowering. Hot, dry weather set in from late August onwards, lasting until late October, allowing us to take our time and wait for each plot of vines to ripen. The Merlot harvests were completed between 22 September and 7 October, with the Cabernet Sauvignon being picked from 10 to 15 October.
The 2014 is a charming vintage, borne up by wonderful freshness with blackcurrant and red fruit notes and a hugely ample richness. The finish is elegant and consistent with what this estate is all about.
In some years you thank the weather. In 2013 we had to thank our terroir. More than ever before, we were aware that the deep layers of gravel we are lucky enough to own ensure that the finesse of the wine is brought out with great regularity.
Charming, distinguished and fresh, 2013 stands out for its perfect balance. The colour is brilliant and the tannins silky, fine and full, enhanced by lovely notes of cabernet-sauvignon, cassis, cherry and spices.
2012 will go down in memory as a very late year. After an unsteady start to the summer, the period from late July to the end of September was stunning. The grapes managed to reach full ripeness. Picking started on 5 October and came to an end on 17 October. A short but intense harvest!
2012 is a high-quality vintage. The wine is remarkably clean and fruity, boasting an intense colour and spicy notes. It has the structure and balance of a great wine.
2011 – the early year. This is what best defines this outstanding vintage. Harvesting started on 8 September with the merlots and came to an end on 24 September with the cabernet-sauvignons.
In a year boasting exceptional weather conditions, responsiveness to the vines, application and attention to detail were the key words. One thing is for certain: 2011 is a high-quality and very promising wine.
After 2009 brought a wine with an exotic quality, 2010 is a great classic vintage. The summer was particularly fine, but not excessively hot. There was also plenty of sunshine throughout the late autumn, but the nights were quite cool. The tannins of the seeds are even more mature than in 2009 and acidity a little more marked, auguring well for a vintage that will be great for laying down.
Beautifully deep and intense in colour, this wine offers red fruit notes and a woody quality that is perceptible but not too acute. In the mouth, it has a very direct, concentrated profile, great body and up-front, fleshy tannins, but with a long finish.
2009 was the first vintage to bear the Hubert de Boüard hallmark and it will go down in the history of the estate. July and August were magnificent, hot but not excessively so and with just the right amount of rainfall. These perfect weather conditions continued into September and October, with a succession of cool nights and hot days. These dream conditions allowed harvesting to be timed to perfection, with grapes picked from each plot just as they reached peak maturity.
The wines have a beautiful, very intense colour. On the palate they are full-bodied, pure and juicy, with a very long finish. They express vigour and style.
This vintage was harvested later than any other over the past decade. Despite the vagaries of climate, a combination of some assiduous work and a moderate harvest (43 hl/ha) produced a wine of a more than satisfactory quality. These wines are promising, balanced, highly coloured and pleasantly fruity.
he very good climatic conditions experienced from late August onward allowed us to start the grape harvest with the promise of a high-quality wine. This allows us to anticipate balanced, highly-coloured and fruity wines that are naturally low in alcohol.
The beautiful sunny weather prevailing from April onward helped the grapes to mature. By August, the grapes were already yielding sweet tastes and promising aromas. The 2006 vintage really has great potential. It has all the attributes to be concentrated and to be suitable for cellaring. A great classic!
2005 will leave the memory of a top-quality vintage. From winter through to autumn the climate was exceptionally dry, while the late spring and summer were warm and sunny, but without excessively high temperatures.
This wine is concentrated and distinguished: highly coloured and bursting with fruit, its tannins are powerful yet not astringent. A great Cabernet Sauvignon vintage!