Château La Gurgue

L’hiver a battu tous les records sur le plan des précipitations et fut l'un des plus doux jamais enregistré.  Les incidents climatiques ont été nombreux, rendant ce début de saison particulièrement complexe, avec du gel et la pression incessante du mildiou jusqu'à fin juin.  Cette pression a été très compliquée à gérer en biodynamie  mais par notre grande vigilance, nous avons réussi à avoir peu d'attaques sur grappes.  En été, la tendance s’inverse avec un mois de juillet très sec. On constate que le déficit hydrique a renforcé l'accumulation d'anthocyanes dans les baies et les fortes températures ont favorisé l'accumulation en sucre. La baisse des températures à la mi-septembre ont permis de préserver la qualité aromatique des baies et de pousser les maturations et l'extraction des tanins.

Pour conclure, après un début de saison compliqué, les conditions estivales chaudes et sèches et l'arrière saison fraiche ont permis de pousser les fruits vers des maturations optimales et produire ainsi des vins équilibrés, riches en couleur et en tanins.

Les vendanges ont commencé le  25  septembre et se sont terminées le 17 octobre 2016.

 

<div>Château Lagurgue</div> - 2016
Claire Villars Lurton
Gérard Fenouillet
Eric Boissenot
10
Graves et sable grossiers sur marnes calcaires
47 % cabernet sauvignon, 49 % merlot et 4 % petit verdot
30 ans
10000 pieds/ha
1,5 kg/pied
Culture biologique et biodynamique
Manuelles
Traditionnelle bordelaise. En cuves inox et béton avec une sélection parcellaire.
52 % cabernet sauvignon, 45 % merlot et 3 % petit verdot
12 mois en barriques de chêne français, dont 20 % de barriques neuves
20 ans
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Gault et Millau
15
Decanter
16,5
Le Point
15
Jancis Robinson
15
James Suckling
88 / 89

Winter was both rainy and dry at the end of the season. From April, the favorable thermal conditions, associated with a correct reloading of water of the soil, contributed to a homogeneous bud bursting. The flowering started at the end of May and was fast with a correct fruit set rate.

Summer became very hot from June 25th and the first phase of the veraison was slowed down by these particular dry conditions. The progression of the veraison was pretty slow during the last days of July. These restrictive hydric conditions associated with a warm thermal context allowed the fruit skins to thicken, to concentrate in tannins and a rapid evolution of the pips. From the end of July, the weather conditions changed radically. Indeed we observed a succession of rainy episodes which finally unblocked the veraison. After that, the sunshine allowed to ripen the tannins in a optimal way. They were very elegant.

2015 is a great vintage. The Merlots were exceptional and the Cabernets were able to ripen until the end and their tannins improved highly in September. The harvests began on September 16th and ended on October 2nd of 2015.

 

The vintage shows all the features of a great wine. A nice nose with a mix of fresh fruits, floral notes and spices. A very beautiful clarity of the fruit. On the palate, the tannins are polished and round. A nice balance between freshness, fruitiness and a silky tannic structure.

The vintage is both elegant and dense. A very beautiful complexity.

 

<div>Château Lagurgue</div> - 2015
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Gérard FENOUILLET
Eric BOISSENOT
10 hectares
Deep gravels and coarse sands on limestone
47 % cabernet sauvignon, 49% merlot, 4% petit verdot
30 ans
10000 pieds/ha
1,5 kg/pied
In the process for organic and biodynamics certifications
Hand picking. Main sorting on the plant and additional sorting on table

Traditional. In concrete and wood vats whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

62 % cabernet sauvignon, 32 % merlot, 6 % petit verdot
In oak barrels during 12 months. New ones at 20 %.
4 to 20 years
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Vinum
16,5
René Gabriel
17
James Suckling
93/94
Neal Martin
89 / 91
Le Point
16
Wine spectator
88 / 91

2014 experienced an early spring and a temperate summer until the end of August. The vine had a long vegetative cycle and a late maturity. These conditions had mobilized the teams and imposed a sustained work in the vineyards to protect it.

At the end of August, a warm and sunny weather came back and lasted almost 60 days! The optimum conditions with warm days and cool nights for a perfect and regular maturation of the grapes. We observed an exceptional maturity of the tannins like in the great vintage: grapes were rich in polyphenols, they had a good level of acidity and sugars and a beautiful freshness of the fruit.

The harvest took place from September 23rd to October 8th.

 

2014 is a great success which gave wines with a beautiful balance, ripe tannins and concentration. It is a fleshy and fruity vintage in the purest style of Margaux.

 

<div>Château Lagurgue</div> - 2014
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Gérard FENOUILLET
Eric BOISSENOT
10 hectares
Deep gravels and coarse sands on limestone
47 % cabernet sauvignon, 49% merlot, 4% petit verdot
30 ans ans
10 000 pieds/ha pieds/ha
1 kg/pied kg/pied
Traditional and sustainable wine-growing
Hand picking. Main sorting on the plant and additional sorting on table

Traditional. In concrete and wood vats whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

44 % cabernet sauvignon, 48% merlot, 8 % petit verdot
In oak barrels during 12 months. New ones at 25%.
4 to 20 years
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The climatic conditions of 2013 were difficult. Heavy rainfall will remain anchored in our memories.

However, the months of July and August were particularly beautiful and hot. What saved the vintage.

This vintage is full of subtleties, wrested from nature by precision and rigor in the work. They are moderately strong but soft and elegant.

The cabernet sauvignon are the backbone of the blend. They were harvested ripe without any vegetal notes.

As for the merlot, they are unfortunately not present after a heavy sagging comparable to the vintage 1984.

 

 

<div>Château Lagurgue</div> - 2013
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Gérard FENOUILLET
Eric BOISSENOT
10 hectares
Deep gravels and coarse sands on limestone
50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, 5% petit verdot
30 ans ans
10 000 pieds/ha pieds/ha
750 g/pied kg/pied
Traditional and sustainable wine-growing
Hand picking. Main sorting on the plant and additional sorting on table

Traditional. In concrete and wood vats whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

65 % cabernet sauvignon, 35 % merlot
In oak barrels during 12 months. New ones at 25%.
3 to 15 years
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In 2012, after an especially difficult Spring and beginning of Summer, the weather conditions were very favorable for the plants from mid-July. The Winter was very cold and dry, with an important deficit of rainfall. When the temperatures became warmer at the end of Winter, the budburst began but was long. The phenological shift also delayed the flowering, which was very disrupted by rainfall. At the berry set, there was sagging of the merlot and the yields were rather low. Generally, Spring was very wet with a heavy pressure of mildew. Prophylaxis and the balance of the vines played an important role in the control of fungal diseases. The rains stopped in mid-July for more than 2 months, which is extremely rare.

 

 

From this date, more favorable temperatures allowed to catch up but the high temperatures of August and especially the lack of water locally slowed the ripening of the young vines that do not have a sufficiently developed root system. Finally, in late September rainfall led to the development of the skin and accelerated the maturation. We started the harvest on October 1st  to end on October 10th, 2012. But we had to hurry to get healthy harvest because the rains came back on October 7th.

 

The distribution of the harvest on the foot (low yields) and the good condition of the vineyard, combining with a very precise work of sorting, were capital to optimize the quality of the vintage.

 

Quickly, the merlot showed a remarkable flesh that we haven’t tasted for a long time. As the cabernet sauvignon, they did not disappoint us and were faithful to our land of Médoc. They are soft and rich of elegance. We will have powerful wines, tender and digestible. 2012 is a very good vintage.

 

 

The vintage gave a fine and complex nose. The minerality is mixed with spicy notes, red fruits and a touch of preserved lemon. The palate is fruity, fresh and the tannins  are supple. The vintage has a beautiful tension and clearness. The aging will bring it, balance and finesse.

 

 

<div>Château Lagurgue</div> - 2012
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Gérard FENOUILLET
Eric BOISSENOT
10 hectares
Deep gravels and coarse sands on limestone
50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, 5% petit verdot
30 ans ans
10 000 pieds/ha pieds/ha
750 g/pied kg/pied
Traditional and sustainable wine-growing
Hand picking. Main sorting on the plant and additional sorting on table

Traditional. In concrete and wood vats whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

58 % cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 2% petit verdot
In oak barrels during 12 months. New ones at 25%.
5 to 25 years
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James Suckling
93/94

Winter and Spring were dry. The water deficit worsened a little more up to July and the high temperatures in June made the vine suffered.  The Merlot sagged after flowering. In July, the weather was unstable with rain and thunderstorms.

Some rain disrupted the harvest but eventually gave way to a much more stable weather and sunny after a week, allowing the grapes to finish ripening in good condition, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon which developed a huge potential.

2011 experienced unusual weather conditions that ultimately benefited many Cabernet Sauvignons. The grapes had a very good concentration of phenol compounds and very elegant tannins. The challenge of this vintage was a very strict sorting of the grapes.  However, there is a lower yield due to the weather, and the berries were rather small with a thick skin.

 

 

The vintage has given a wine with freshness and    finesse. With aromas of red berries, cassis and cherry,, that we also found in the mouth. The wine is         structured with fine tannins.

 

<div>Château Lagurgue</div> - 2011
Claire VILLARS LURTON
Gérard FENOUILLET
Eric BOISSENOT
10 hectares
Deep gravels and coarse sands on limestone
50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, 5% petit verdot
30 ans ans
10 000 pieds/ha pieds/ha
750 g/pied kg/pied
Traditional and sustainable wine-growing
Hand picking. Main sorting on the plant and additional sorting on table

Traditional. In concrete and wood vats whose volumes are proportional to the plots

 

 

58 % cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 2% petit verdot
In oak barrels during 12 months. New ones at 25%.
5 to 25 years
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