Domaine du Bouscat Bordeaux Superieur Wine, Complete Guide

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

Domaine du Bouscat History, Overview

Domaine du Bouscat is located close to Fronsac, in St. Romain La Virvee, not far from the Dordogne river. Domaine du Bouscat has a long history in the region. The estate was created in 1870 by the Dubernard family.

Today, Domaine du Bouscat is owned by François Dubernard, who took over management of the property in 1998. Domaine du Bouscat produces three wines Bouscat Caduce, Bouscat La Gargone and Bouscat Les Portes de l’Am are all great examples of Bordeaux value wines.

A lot of work in the vineyard goes into producing all three wines. Standard vineyard practices include sustainable vineyard management without the use of pesticides. Low yields and ripe fruit are the goal for all three wines from Domaine du Bouscat.

Domaine du Bouscat Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

Domaine du Bouscat Caduce is the entry level wine for Domaine du Bouscat. The wine is produced from an 8 hectare vineyard that is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines are 37 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 4,500 vines per hectare up to 5,500 vines per hectare.

The vinification of Domaine du Bouscat Cauduce takes place in unlined cement vats. This follows a 3-day, cold soak at 12 degrees Celsuis. The maceration lasts for an average of 25 days and is punctuated with regular microbullages. The wine of Domaine du Bouscat Cauduce goes through a unique aging process.

The wine is aged on its post malolactic lees for four months in vat before it’s transferred to a unique combination of new and used, French oak barrels, 340 liter and 600 liter demi muids to finish its aging. Domaine du Bouscat Caduce produces on average, 3,000 cases of wine per year.

Domaine du Bouscat La Gargone is produced from a 3.3 hectare vineyard planted to 60% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are old, with an average age of 38 years. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 4,500 vines per hectare up to 5,500 vines per hectare.

The vinification of Domaine du Bouscat La Gargone takes place in unlined cement vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Domaine du Bouscat La Gargone is aged in 95% new, French oak barrels. The production of Domaine du Bouscat La Gargone is close to 800 cases per year.

Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L’Am is the top wine from the Right Bank estate. The wine made its debut with the 2003 vintage. The wine is produced from a small, .7 hectare portion of the properties hillside vineyard.

The vineyard is planted to a unique vineyard blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is clay and limestone soils. The vines are close to 38 years of age.

To produce Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L’Am, the fruit is sorted three times before it undergoes a two day, cold soak at 6 degrees Celsius. The wine undergoes micro-vinification techniques, meaning that fermentation takes place in two, 600-liter demi muids. One of the demi muids is new, French oak, the other is one year old, French oak.

The grapes are macerated for an average of 26 days and is punctuated with regular microbullages. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French Muid’Oc, 320 liter, barrels.

The wine is then aged in the same 320 liter barrels for an average of 17 to 19 months. Try finding a bottle as not much wine is made. On average, the production of Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L’Am is close to 2,200 bottles per vintage. Domaine du Bouscat is consulted by Claude Gros.

When to Drink Domaine du Bouscat, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine du Bouscat is better with at least 2-5 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour or more, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine du Bouscat offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-12 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Domaine du Bouscat with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Domaine du Bouscat is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine du Bouscat is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Domaine du Bouscat is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Domaine du Bouscat is one of the top Bordeaux value wines available, pairing quality, style and a consumer, friendly price.

Domaine du Bouscat Wine Tasting Notes

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2017Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L'Am  (Bordeaux Supérieur)92

From blending 50% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc, you get a wine that is deep in color, forward, soft and easy to drink. The wine is ripe and juicy, showing a touch of oak on top of all the ripe, sweet, fleshy fruits. This wine is a Jeffrey Davies Signature Selection Exclusive.

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2017Domaine du Bouscat Cuvée la Gargone  (Bordeaux Supérieur)91

A real success for the vintage, the wine, produced from a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon kicks off with espresso and chocolate coated ripe, sweet dark red berries on the nose. On the palate, the wine is forward, serving up its fresh, sweet, dark red fruits with ease. It’s difficult to find better Bordeaux value wines for under $20! This is a Jeffrey Davies Selection Exclusive.

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2017Domaine du Bouscat Caduce  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

Dark in color, juicy, black fruit and licorice are on the nose and palate. The wine is round and fleshy, forward and will drink great on release.

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2016Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L'Am  (Bordeaux Supérieur)92

When you take 50% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc from vines that are almost 40 years of age, with low yields of only 14 hectoliters per hectare, it's easy to understand how you get such a dark, inky color. Licorice and black cherry liqueur are all over the place. Dense rich, lushly textured and forward, this is packed with freshness and flavor. This wine is a Jeffrey Davies Signature Selection Exclusive.

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2016Domaine du Bouscat Cuvée la Gargone  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90

Inky in color, this blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Franc delivers a wine that is sweet, lush, fresh and offers density with a lot of fruit.

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2016Domaine du Bouscat Caduce  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

Made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is deep and dark in color, with licorice, espresso, and dark red berries. Forward, easy drinking, fruity and crowd pleasing in style. It's very hard to a better wine for the money.

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2015Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L'Am  (Bordeaux Supérieur)92

Deep in color, the full bodied, rich wine is loaded with fat, sweet, opulent, chocolate covered cherries, licorice and an array of spices. The user friendly styled wine should deliver pleasure early. There is no sensation of heat, even though the wine reached 15% alcohol. This is a contender for the best Bordeaux Superieur of the 2015 vintage. The wine is a Jeffrey Davies Selection Exclusive.

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2015Domaine du Bouscat Cuvée la Gargone  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90

The dark color is the first thing you notice. But it is the lush, juicy, sweet layers of cocoa, black cherry and thyme and its plush textures, coupled with the low price point that makes this a buy.

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2015Domaine du Bouscat Caduce  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

Floral, fresh and loaded with sweet, ripe, juicy black cherries topped with licorice in a round, easy to like forward style.

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2014Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L'Am  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90

When you take 50% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc from vines that are 36 years of age, low yields of only 19 hectoliters per hectare and micro vinify your wine, you can produce a wine that is dark in color, with layers of fat, sweet, ripe, juicy black fruits and lush textures. This hedonistic treat could get even better in bottle. OK, this is not a wine you marry. But it's a great one night stand! The wine reached 14.2% alcohol. This wine is a Jeffrey Davies Selection Exclusive. 89-91 Pts

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2014Domaine du Bouscat Cuvée la Gargone  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

Dark in color, powerful aromas of chocolate coated ripe, sweet dark red berries with lots of supple texture and personality. It’s going to be difficult to find a better 2014 Bordeaux for under $20! This wine is a Jeffrey Davies Selection Exclusive. 88-90 Pts

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2014Domaine du Bouscat Caduce  (Bordeaux Supérieur)86

Ripe, plush, soft, fruity early drinker that offers character and value with a spicy, fruit filled finish. 86-87 Pts

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2013Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L'Am  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

Deep in color, with a lot of richness for the vintage, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee bean are the first thing you notice before moving on to the fresh, black raspberry dominated finish. With a tannic backbone, this should be better after a few years of aging. From an interesting blend of 40% Malbec, 35% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Franc, the wine was produced from yields of just 10 hectoliters per hectare and is aging in 100% new, French oak. 88-90 Pts

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2013Domaine du Bouscat Cuvée la Gargone  (Bordeaux Supérieur)85

With loads of spicy, dark berries and espresso bean, the wine is tannic, with some flesh, but there is a dry, oaky sensation in the finish. From low yields of 12 hectoliters per hectare, the wine is aging in 100% new French oak. 84-86 Pts

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2013Domaine du Bouscat Caduce  (Bordeaux Supérieur)84

From 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc. Sweet, open, easy to drink raspberry and cherry filled quaffer that offers a lot of value for the money. 83-85 Pts

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2012Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L'Am  (Bordeaux Supérieur)91

Dark in color, with a fat, dark fruit, sweet, low acid personality, loads of sweet, licorice and black cherry notes and a fleshy, ripe, sweet, fat, jammy finish.

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With deep color, floral, black raspberry and licorice notes, the wine is sweet, rich, round, concentrated with lush, ripe, fresh fruit. 89-91 Pts

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2012Domaine du Bouscat Cuvée la Gargone  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90

Forward, lush, soft, licorice, espresso bean and sweet fruits deliver early drinking pleasure and a real bang for the buck.

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Fennel, earth, black cherries and jam are produced from a blend that includes 20% Malbec. Made from low yields, the wine is fresh, lively and represents true value. 88-90 Pts

1258 Views   Tasted 90
2012Domaine du Bouscat Caduce  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

Medium-bodied with licorice and blackberries, the wine is round, simple and easy to quaff. For a wine that will sell for $10-12, this represents great value. 86-88 Pts

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2011Domaine du Bouscat Les Portes de L'Am  (Bordeaux Supérieur)91

The third wine from Bouscat and the most intense, the wine is inky in color. From old vines planted in clay and limestone soil from a tiny.7 hectare vineyard, the blend consists of 50% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc. Licorice, truffle, mineral and black cherry scents open to an intense, ripe, opulent wine that is dense and packed with ripe, black, juicy, sweet fruit. Only 2,100 bottles are produced. 90-92 Pts

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2011Domaine du Bouscat Cuvée la Gargone  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

This tiny 3.3 hectare vineyard, situated not far from Fronsac, contains a whopping 20% Malbec, along with 60% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is fermented in unlined cement tanks and is aged in 95% new oak. Deep in color with vanilla, blackberry, coffee and boysenberry, the wine is rich, ripe and plush, ending with an opulent, fruit-filled finish. 88-90 Pts

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2011Domaine du Bouscat Caduce  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

From a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc with vines that are an impressive 37 years of age. With good color, licorice, black cherry and vanilla, the wine is sweet, round and approachable. 87-88 Pts

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