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Chateau Bouscaut History, Overview
The vineyards of of what we know of as Chateau Bouscaut have existed since the 16th century. So you can see, the estate has a long history. During its formative years, the property was known as Haut Truchon. In 1929, the name was changed to Chateau Bouscaut.
1929 did more than signify a name change. That same year, the family also purchased Chateau Valoux, which is located close to the vineyards of Chateau Bouscaut. In 1960, a fire destroyed the original chateau of Bouscaut. All that remained from the original structure of Chateau Bouscaut were the cellars.
Victor Place, the dedicated owner rebuilt the entire chateau to the exact original specifications. That was an amazing labor of love, especially when you consider that this took place during difficult economic times. In 1968, Victor Place sold Chateau Bouscaut to a group of investors from New York, who went under the name of Domaine Wohlstetter Sloan.
The new owners, who were not living in Pessac Leognan at the time, made a smart decision and hired the managers of Chateau Haut Brion, led by Jean Bernard Delmas, to help run Chateau Bouscaut. Lucien Lurton, a well known Bordeaux vigneron who already owned at least ten other Bordeaux estates bought Chateau Bouscat in 1979.
Sophie Lurton, Lucien’s daughter, has been managing the estate since 2002. Under the Lurton ownership, Chateau Bouscaut has enjoyed continued improvements in the wine and in the wine making. They also added to their holdings with the purchase of Chateau Lamothe Bouscaut.
Chateau Bouscaut Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
Chateau Bouscaut has 47 hectares planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot for their red wine. For the white wine, 7 hectares of vines are planted to 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc.
On average, the vines are old, at close to 40 years of age. However, Chateau Bouscaut has some very old Semillon vines that are over 100 years of age! The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,200 vines per hectare. Picking varies for the red wine grapes, as the estate uses both machine harvesting and hand picking depending on the grape variety. The white wine grapes are always picked only by hand.
The 54 hectare vineyard of Chateau Bouscaut is the largest vineyard in the Cadaujac commune. Even though the vineyard is quite large, it is essentially one large parcel of vines. The terroir is gravel, clay, limestone and sand soils. The Pessac Leognan vineyards of Chateau Bouscaut are planted for both red and white wine grape varieties.
To produce the red wine of Chateau Bouscaut, vinification takes place in a combination of temperature controlled, traditional cement vats and stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat and barrels. The wine is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for 16 months.
To produce the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Bouscaut, vinification of the Sauvignon Blanc takes place in used, French oak barrels. The Semillon is vinified in 40% new, French oak barrels. There is some skin contact allowed. There is no malolactic fermentation.
The wines from each varietal are aged in their own barrels until the wine is is blended before bottling, after 12 months of aging. The white wine is blended just before bottling.
On average, for Chateau Bouscaut, the production of the red wine is close to 8,000 cases per vintage and the white sees about 2,000 cases each year. There is a second wine for both the red and white wine, Les Chenes de Bouscaut. Here, even though much more red wine is produced, most of the time, the white wine is usually their better wine.
When to Drink Chateau Bouscaut, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Bouscaut can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Bouscaut is usually better with at least 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Bouscaut offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 9-17 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Bouscaut, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Bouscaut is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Bouscaut is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Bouscaut Rouge is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
The white wine of Chateau Bouscaut is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.
Chateau Bouscaut also produces Chateau Valoux and Chateau Lamothe-Bouscaut from vines they own in the Pessac Leognan appellation.
Château Bouscaut Wine Tasting Notes
17 Vintages 39,795 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2017||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Salty red fruits, tobacco and underbrush define the medium-bodied character. The fruit is crisp and spicy and a few years will no doubt help soften the wine.
1,358 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Bouscaut Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh ripe and juicy, the wine is already displaying its just-squeezed, ripe, zesty, citrus, floral, green apple and honeysuckle character.
634 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Richly textured, full bodied, and showing off its floral, honeysuckle and just squeezed citrus character with ease, this should show well on release.
1,715 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, ripe, round and with the fruit and structure to age, the wine offers dark cherries, espresso and smoke filled notes.
2,123 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Bouscaut Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
The sweet citrus notes really sing out here. The honeysuckle adds to the complexity. The wine is rich, fresh and long.
1,644 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Fresh lemons, lime and grapefruit on the nose, medium bodied, with a refreshing pomelo finish. 90 Pts
1,299 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2015||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Tobacco, cigar wrapper, wet earth and red fruits lead off the wine. On the palate, the wine is soft, medium bodied, forward and finishes with smoky fruit and a hint of dust in the tannins. You can drink this elegant wine young or age it.
1,433 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Ripe, earthy plums and red cherries add an interesting dimension to the tobacco character found in this softly textured, early drinking wine. 87 - 89 Pts
1,546 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2014||Château Bouscaut Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Bright, sweet, fresh and lightly honeyed, with a floral charm, to go along with its sweet, bright citrus, this will drink well young.
2,064 Views Tasted Feb 6, 2017
|2014||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Lighter style of Pessac Leognan, with a bright, crisp, red fruit center, some, smoke, fruit and tobacco, this will be best in its first decade of life.
2,189 Views Tasted Feb 6, 2017
|2013||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Spicy light berries with a hint of mocha are at the core of this nice—but simple—value-priced Bordeaux wine. 83-85 Pts
1,635 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2014
|2012||Château Bouscaut Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh lemons, lime and grapefruit on the nose, medium bodied, with a refreshing Pomelo finish.
974 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Fresh citrus and grapefruit on the nose, medium bodied, with a light, fresh and refreshing Pomello and vanilla finish.
1,591 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
|2012||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Light in color, with a focus on fresh, bright red fresh in a forward, early drinking, uncomplicated style.
2,542 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
Light in style, the smoky black raspberries and soft, easy style make this a nice, crowd-pleasing style of wine. 87-89 Pts
2,330 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|2011||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Cassis, cranberry and espresso bean open to medium body, soft textures and a bright finish. 86-89 Pts
1,756 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2012
|2010||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Light in the nose and body, with some red berries, spice, coffee bean and a soft textured, oaky finish.
3,462 Views Tasted Feb 15, 2013
Bouscaut - Smoke, earth, burnt wood and blackberry scents , this medium bodied wine ends with an earthy, four square finish. 87-89 Pts
2,182 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2011
|2009||Château Bouscaut Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Golden yellow in color, the wine offers a honeysuckle and citrus character, with a bite of green apple in the finish. Fully mature, the wine requires drinking.
526 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
|2008||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied and on the fresh, light, spicy red berry side of the style range, the wine delivers a bright, sweet and tart red berry finish. This is close to fully developed.
1,514 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
|2008||Château Bouscaut Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Golden yellow in color, the nose offers orange, honey and light, citrus notes. Fully mature, the fruit is starting to fade, still, you find enough, sweet, yellow fruits and tart apple to keep you busy.
1,042 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
|2006||Château Bouscaut (Pessac-Léognan)|
Light, bright, and more tart than sweet red fruit on the palate, the wine is better on the smoky, earthy, leafy, red plum nose than on the palate. This is at, or past full maturity and should be drunk up over the next few years before it fades much further.
2,473 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2018
|2005||Château Bouscaut Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fully mature, but with some life left, as the grapefruits and assorted, mostly yellow, citrus fruits remain fresh. There is a touch of honey and floral aromatics that add nuance to the wine.
1,763 Views Tasted Dec 11, 2017