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Chateau Alcee History, Overview
Nicolas Theinpont began working with Chateau Alcee starting with the 2011 vintage. Once Nicolas Thienpont stepped in, serious attention started to take place in the vineyards of Chateau Alcee. This started with replacing some of the vines on a vine by vine basis in an effort to increase the level of the vine density. Along with their massale, selection replanting program, (which is on the first in the Cotes de Bordeaux appellation) only sustainable, organic farming techniques are now being used. The grapes are picked later, seeking better levels of phenolic ripeness and yields have been reduced to further concentrate the wine.
Chateau Alcee Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 6.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau Alcee is planted to 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc. The terroir of red clay and limestone soils is similar to what you will find at some of the best St. Emilion vineyards. The vines are old, with an average age of 40 years. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Alcee today, things are quite different here at this Right Bank vineyard. Following a stringent selection process in the vineyard and in the cellars, the fruit is whole berry fermented in temperature controlled, traditional shaped cement tanks. Fermentation takes place on a parcel by parcel basis. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 50%, new, French oak barrels. The wine of Chateau Alcee is aged in 50% new, French, oak barrels for an average of 15 months. To increase the richness of the wine, the first 6 months of aging are spent on its post, malolactic lees.
The production of Chateau Alcee is small. On average, close to 700 cases are produced each vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Alcee with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Alcee is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Alcee is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Alcee is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Alcée Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Alcée ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
With a strong earthy note kicking things off, the wine is round and forward with sweetness, ripe fruits, soft tannins and juicy plums with licorice in the finish. The wine was made from 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 350 Views
2015 Château Alcée ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Forward, soft and plummy, with an open, sweet fresh, bright red berry character, the wine has a nice spicy finish.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 705 Views
2014 Château Alcée ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
A medium bodied effort, with soft, textured, cherry and red plum notes, sweet tannins and an open, easy to like finish with a bit of spice in the end note. You can drink this on release, as it's already showing well.
Mar 24, 2017points - Tasted 106 Views
Dominated by 95% Merlot, with just 5% Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine is sweet, medium bodied, fruity and forward and should be best in its youth. 86-88 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 973 Views
2012 Château Alcée ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Medium bodied, sweet and tart, black cherry, licorice and spice filled wine that displays a nice stone element in the smooth finish.
Jul 6, 2015points - Tasted 1473 Views
The second vintage for Nicolas Thienpont was made from 95% Merlot and 5% Caberent Franc, the wine is a step up after the debut vintage. Licorice and dark berries provide a sweet, fleshy, jammy wine with freshness and minerality. 88-90 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1118 Views
2011 Château Alcée ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Medium bodied, with bright red fruits, coffee bean, earth and stone notes deliver a wine that will be best on the young side. 87 Pts
May 20, 2014points - Tasted 1080 Views
The debut vintage for this new Cotes de Castillon wine owned by Nicolas Thienpont. Produced from old vines that are on average, more than 50 years of age, the terroir is clay and limestone, similar to what you might find in St. Emilion. The vineyard is tiny. It's only a 2 hectare parcel. The wine is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Rich, supple-textured and silky on the palate, there is good sweetness, minerality and intensity to the wine. 89-91 Pts
Apr 20, 2012points - Tasted 1031 Views