Chateau Thieuley Bordeaux Superieur, Complete Guide

Chateau Thieuley

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Chateau Thieuley History, Overview

While Chateau Thieuley has been an established vineyard for quite a while, the modern era for the large estate begins in 1950, when it was purchased by Andre Courselle. In 1972, his son, Francis Courselle took over managing the estate.

He was followed in turn by his two daughters, Sylvie Courselle and Marie Courselle, who own and are responsible for managing Chateau Thieuley today. The Courselle sisters share responsibilities with Sylvie Courselle running the business side of the estate while Marie Courselle looks after the wine making and vineyard management for the estate.

Chateau Thieuley has certainly changed dramatically since it was first purchased in 1950. At the time, only 6 hectares were under vine. The estate is now a massive 83 hectare vineyard. Today, the produce both red and white wine, but that was not always the case at Chateau Thieuley. In fact, they only began planting red wine grape varieties for the first time to their vineyards in 1972.

Chateau Thieuley Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 83 hectare vineyard is planted for both red wine and white wine grapes. 42 hectares of vines are planted to 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

For the white wine grape varieties, the vineyard is planted to 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sauvignon Gris.

The vineyard of Chateau Thieuley has a terroir of mostly clay, limestone and gravel soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare, although younger plantings are now taking place at 6,000 vines per hectare. The vineyards are machine harvested.

Vineyard management at Chateau Thieuley is mostly is mostly organic, with self-sustaining, safe environmental practices. They are Terra Vitis certified.

Chateau Thieuley produces different white Bordeaux wines that are either sold as an Entre Deux Mers or Bordeaux AOC Blanc. The standard white wine, Chateau Thieuley Blanc is vinified and aged in stainless vats.

Their top level white wine, Cuvee Francis Courselle Blanc is a blend of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is barrel fermented and then aged in barrel, on its lees for 9 months before bottling. The production averages 3,000 cases per year.

Chateau Thieuley produces several red Bordeaux wines, which are sold as either Bordeaux Superieur or Bordeaux AOC wines. Their top red wine is made from a selection of their their best parcels, Chateau Thieuley Reserve Francis Courselle is produced from 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wine is vinified in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is then aged in 50% new, French oak barrels. They also produce Chateau Thieuley Heritage de Thieuley which is made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Their entry level red wine is Chateau Thieuley.

The best vintages of Chateau Thieuley are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

When to Drink Chateau Thieuley, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Thieuley is much better with at least 1-3 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, allowing the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Thieuley offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-8 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Thieuley with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

The red wine of Chateau Thieuley 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 Thieuley is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Thieuley is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Thieuley is best paired with all types of fish, seafood, shellfish, sushi and sashimi, as well as with cheese courses.

At Chateau Thieuley they also produce Cremant de Thieulloy, a sparkling white Bordeaux wine from the Cremant de Bordeaux appellation. Additionally, the Courselle family makes two other wines, Clos Sainte Anne, which is a Merlot dominated blend from the Cotes de Bordeaux and a sweet white Bordeaux wine from the Cadillac appellation, which is also called Clos Sainte Anne.

Chateau Thieuley on average, produces close to 45,000 cases of wine per year.

Château Thieuley Wine Tasting Notes

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2018 Château Thieuley Blanc  (Bordeaux) 85

Light, bright, fresh, mildly tropical yellow fruit and citrus-filled wine that requires consumption in the next year or 2. 85 Points

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2017 Château Thieuley  (Bordeaux) 87

A light, fruity, red berry-filled charmer perfect for uncomplicated, early drinking. 87 Points

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2016 Château Thieuley  (Bordeaux) 88

Serious crowd pleaser here, with supple fruits, medium body and some minerality to the soft, red fruits on the palate. This will drink well young. 88 Points

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2016 Château Thieuley Cuvée Francis Courselle Blanc Sec  (Bordeaux) 86

Easy drinking, light, refreshing character, with a focus on its yellow citrus personality. This will drink best on release and its youth. 86 Points

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2015 Château Thieuley Réserve Francis Courselle  (Bordeaux Supérieur) 87

Easy going, Merlot dominated, crowd pleasing drinker. 87 Points

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2014 Château Thieuley Cuvée Francis Courselle Blanc Sec  (Bordeaux) 87

Not a wine for holding, but if you're looking for an easy to like, grapefruit and lemon peel, green apple and flowery wine, with a blast of fresh acidity in the finish, that does not require a lot of thought, this is a fine choice. 87 Points

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2012 Château Thieuley Réserve Francis Courselle  (Bordeaux Supérieur) 87

Forward, already developed, easy drinking, crowd pleasing styled of wine with a sweet, albeit, slightly simply, dark cherry core of fruit. 87 Points

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2012 Château Thieuley Cuvée Francis Courselle Blanc Sec  (Bordeaux) 86

Light, early drinking white with a fresh, lemony, grapefruit character, made for consumption on the young side. 86 Points

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2010 Château Thieuley Réserve Francis Courselle  (Bordeaux Supérieur) 85

Once past the oak, and there is a lot of oak to get past, the fruit is ripe, the round textured, chocolate and black cherry character make for a fun, easy to drink, crowd pleasing, Merlot dominated style of wine. This is not a wine to lay down, it's made for early drinking pleasure. 85 Points

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2009 Château Thieuley  (Bordeaux) 87

East to like and even easier to drink, this soft, sweet, medium bodied, fruity wine delivers a lot of bang for the buck, with its elegant, soft charm. This is a really solid example of a well made, uncomplicated, Bordeaux value wine. It's not a wine for aging, so if you have a bottle or two, drink up. 87 Points

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