Chateau Bourgneuf Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Bourgneuf Pomerol with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Bourgneuf History, Overview

Chateau Bourgneuf Vayron is one of the oldest, family owned properties in the Pomerol appellation. The Vayron family has owned and managed the estate starting in 1821. Until 2012, the wines of Chateau Bourgneuf were sold and labeled differently, depending on the country.

In some countries, the wine was sold as Chateau Bourgneuf. In other countries, the wine was marketed as Chateau Bourgneuf Vayron. That odd practice started in about 1970. That ended with the 2014 vintage, when the chateau officially changed its name to Chateau Bourgneuf.

Chateau Bourgneuf Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 8.86 hectare vineyard of Chateau Bourgneuf is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is well situated on good terroir, right next to the vineyards of Chateau Trotanoy on the Pomerol plateau. Trotanoy is not their only famous neighbor! Chateau LEglise Clinet is located directly northeast of Chateau Bourgneuf as well. They also have vines next to La Cabanne

The terroir of Chateau Bourgneuf is made up of different soils. The vineyard has a section that is almost exclusively clay, which is their best terroir. They also have soils with sand, gravel and clay with some iron deposits as well.

The goal of the Right Bank estate is to slowly add more Cabernet Franc vines, bringing the percentage of that grape variety up to 15% of the planted acreage. On average, the vines are an impressive 40 years of age. They also have old vines, with one parcel that is more than 70 years of age! The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare.

To produce the wine of Chateau Bourgneuf, vinification takes place in traditional, temperature controlled, cement vats that range in size from 25 hectoliters up to 70 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in an average of 35% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 14 months, depending on the character and style of the vintage. The annual production ranges from 3,500 to 4,000 cases of Chateau Bourgneuf per vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Bourgneuf, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Bourgneuf can be enjoyed on the young side with an hour or so decanting. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

The wine is usually better with 4-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. In the best years, the wine will best between 5 and 15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Bourgneuf with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Bourgneuf is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Bourgneuf is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Bourgneuf is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Chateau Bourgneuf produces a rustic, lighter, traditional style of Pomerol wine that could be better, based on its terroir.

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Château Bourgneuf Wine Tasting Notes

12 Vintages 36,456 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2018Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)91

Earthy red fruits and fennel come through quickly in this medium-bodied, bright, red berry-filled, soft, forward wine. I like the hit of cocoa in the finish. 90-92 Pts

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2017Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)88

Medium bodied, bright, forward and eager to show its spicy, earthy, red berry-filled slice of Pomerol, this wine should drink well close to its release.

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2016Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)90

Medium bodied, sweet and tart, dark plums with bitter chocolate in the nose and on the palate, the wine finishes with plummy fruits and smooth textures. It was produced with 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.

1,747 Views   Tasted
2015Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)89

Earthy, spicy cherries, medium-bodied with a soft, polished, red berry center. Not very deep, but the wine still manages to show much more elegance than usual. 88 - 90 Pts

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2014Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)89

Earth and espresso with red and black plum notes in the nose, a medium-bodied wine with a soft, forward, red berry finish. 88-90 Pts

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2013Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)86

Light ruby in color with a bright, light strawberry character, this medium bodied, classic Pomerol will drink well on release. 85-87 Pts

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2012Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)87

Easy drinking, soft, medium bodied, plummy Pomerol that is focused on the red berry side of the style range.

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Light in color with coffee, red berries and earth, the wine is light and dominated by the red fruit side of the style range. 85-87 Pts

2,819 Views   Tasted 86
2011Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)88

Earth, red cherry, spice and strawberry with a soft, forward red berry finish. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 87-88 Pts

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2010Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)88

Light in color, with beefy tannins, the wine is medium bodied, dominated by raspberry and fresh cherry notes with hints of earth and spice.

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Floral, earth and plum aromas couple with a medium bodied wine that ends in a soft textured, black cherry finish that will drink well early. 88-90 Pts

3,359 Views   Tasted 89
2009Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)86

Medium bodied, with red fruits, leaf and earth aromas in the perfume, the wine is tart in the rustic, bright, plum finish.

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2008Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)85

08 Château Bourgneuf shows a lot of black fruit with hints of cocoa on the nose. A light, soft wine that ends with a silky plum accent. 84-87 Pts

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2005Château Bourgneuf  (Pomerol)82

Austere, old school style of Pomerol is rough in texture and lacking in ripenes, fruit and charm. There is some red fruit, and hints of spice and earth, but the style of the wine did not thrill me.

3,297 Views   Tasted