Chateau Alcee Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Alcee  Cotes de CastillonBordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting  reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

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.

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 current vine density. Along with the massale, selection replanting program, 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.

To produce the wine of Chateau Alcee today, things are quite different. 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.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Alcée

    1. Forward, soft and plummy, with an open, sweet fresh, bright red berry character, the wine has a nice spicy finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2014 Château Alcée

    1. 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

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2012 Château Alcée

    1. Medium bodied, sweet and tart, black cherry, licorice and spice filled wine that displays a nice stone element in the smooth finish.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. 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

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2011 Château Alcée

    1. 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

      87 points - Tasted
    2. 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

      89 points - Tasted
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