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Chateau Haut Nouchet History, Overview
Chateau Haut Nouchet has a history dating back to the early 1830s when the vineyard was initially established. Close to the end of the 19th century, the property was inherited by the Vayssiere family. Due to financial difficulties, the property was eventually sold to a real estate development company.
Due to neglect, the vineyard fell into disrepair by the 1960s. In 1973, it was purchased in its distressed condition by the well-known and established vigneron, Lucien Lurton. The property desperately needed a complete renovation. The vineyards needed replanting. The cellars and chateau needed renovations and rebuilding as well
The modern era for Chateau Haut Nouchet begins in 2008 when the vineyard was sold to the Briest family. Today the property is a family-owned and managed vineyard as it is run by Domitille Briest, Gauthier Briest, and Thibaut Briest. One of their first decisions was to bring in the team of Stephane Derenoncourt as their consultant.
Chateau Haut Nouchet Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 34 hectoliter vineyard of Chateau Haut Nouchet has 27 hectares devoted to red wine grapes and 7 hectares planted to white wine grape varieties. For the red wines, the vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. For the white wines, it is planted to 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon for the white wine grapes. gravel and sand soils.
On average, the production is just under 10,000 cases of wine per vintage. There is a second wine for each of their wines, Haut-Nouchet for their red wine, and Florilege Haut-Nouchet for their white Bordeaux wine.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Haut Nouchet are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005. Although it is important to note that vintages can vary as to their quality between the white wine and the red wines as in some years, the reds are markedly better and in other vintages the whites are superior.
When to Drink Chateau Haut Nouchet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Haut Nouchet can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 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 Haut Nouchet is usually better with at least 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Haut Nouchet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-12 years after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Haut Nouchet with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Haut Nouchet 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 Haut Nouchet is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.
Chateau Haut Nouchet is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese. The white wine of Chateau Haut Nouchet is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, and all types of seafood, chicken, veal, and cheeses.
Château Haut-Nouchet Wine Tasting Notes
10 Vintages 15,354 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Léognan)|
Red fruits, spice and thyme create the core here. Medium-bodied, sweet, fresh and earthy, there is a nice smoky touch to the soft, ripe, red fruits and tobacco in the finish. This little known estate is situated close to Smith Haut Lafitte. 89-91 Pts
879 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||Château Haut-Nouchet Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Lighter styled, fresh, zesty, yellow citrus fruits and white peach are found on the nose and in the sweet and creamy textured, vibrant finish. 90 Pts
857 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Léognan)|
Situated close to Smith Haut Lafitte, this little-known vineyard produced a medium-bodied, round, earth, cherry, herb and green olive-filled wine for early drinking pleasure. 87-89 Pts
1,648 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Léognan)|
A light touch of smoke, espresso, burning leaves and red fruits form the nose. Soft, medium-bodied, forward and finishing with sweet red fruits, this should be just about ready to enjoy on release. The vineyards are well-placed, quite close to Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 90 Points
518 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
With vineyards very close to Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Haut Nouchet has created a medium-bodied wine with a licorice, smoke, tobacco leaf and fruit-filled profile. This should be just about ready to enjoy on release. 88-90 Pts
1,091 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Léognan)|
Ready to go, this spicy, cherry and earthy wine, with its touches of espresso and tobacco leaf is soft, medium-bodied, fresh, and finishes with sweet, dark, red cherries and herbs. 89 Points
738 Views Tasted Aug 22, 2021
|2016||Château Haut-Nouchet Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Bright, lifted, grapefruit, flower, lemon peel and honeysuckle filled wine that is already drinking about as good as it is going to get. Enjoy it over the next few years. 87 Points
1,696 Views Tasted Jul 9, 2020
|2016||Château Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Léognan)|
Situated close to Smith Haut Lafitte, the wine is forward, medium bodied, elegant and fresh, with ripe, red berries that will be perfect to drink on release. 87 Points
930 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
|2015||Château Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium-bodied, open styled, forward wine focusing on its sweet, red fruits, tobacco, spice and coffee bean nose and palate. This is already quite charming to drink. 89 Points
1,703 Views Tasted Jul 9, 2020
|2012||Château Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Léognan)|
Situated close to Smith Haut Lafitte on gravely, clay soils, this wine was made from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, and is filled with smoky, spicy red berries and a short finish. 85-87 Pts
2,793 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|2009||Château Haut-Nouchet (Pessac-Léognan)|
This well-priced Pessac Leognan wine from the Stephane Derenoncourt team offers scents of jammy black raspberry, smoke and earth. Medium bodied and soft in texture, this 100% organic Bordeaux wine ends with some hints of green in the cassis filled finish. Haut Nouchet is located not far from Smith Haut Lafitte on gravely, clay soils and is produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 87 Points
2,501 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2011