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Chateau Bastor Lamontagne, History, Overview
Chateau Bastor Lamontagne, due to the fact that it was not included in the historic 1855 Classification of Sauternes and Barsac has operated in relative obscurity over the past few centuries. However, that might change in the near future.
The Cathiard family bought Chateau Bastor Lamontagne in a partnership with the Moulin family. The Moulin family are the owners of the large French chain of high-end shopping stores, Galeries Lafayette. The Cathiard family and the Moulin family purchased the estate as part of a package deal from the recent owners, the Credit Foncier Bank.
Chateau Bastor Lamontagne does have an extensive history. In fact, the estate of Chateau Bastor Lamontagne dates all the way back to the middle ages when it was considered royalty as it was once the property of the King of England and later as it was also owned the King of France.
At one point in time, the property was owned by Amedee Larrieu, who counted among his vast holdings, Chateau Haut Brion. Chateau Bastor Lamontagne was eventually sold to the Credit Foncier Bank in 1936.
Chateau Bastor Lamontagne Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The vineyard of Chateau Bastor Lamontagne is planted to 80% Semillon, 17% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle. The vineyard is located not that far from Chateau Suduiraut. Chateau Bastor Lamontagne has 56 hectares under vine.
The majority of the sizable vineyard is in one, large block of vines, which is not always the case in Bordeaux. The terroir is sand, limestone, gravel and clay soils. On average, the vines are 37 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Bastor Lamontagne, after a pneumatic pressing, the wine is fermented in French oak barrels and is aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for close to 15 months.
The estate produces two second wines, Remparts de Bastor and Caprice. The production is close to 13,000 cases of Chateau Bastor Lamontagne per year. From time to time, Chateau Bastor Lamontagne has also produced a small amount of Creme de Tete, which is made from a selection of their best grapes.
However, that wine is no longer made. Instead, the estate makes a special cuvee from a 2.5 hectare parcel called Cru Bordenave, which is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels from 100% Semillon grapes that comes from their oldest vines.
When to Drink Chateau Bastor Lamontagne, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Bastor Lamontagne can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release!
However, like all great wines, Chateau Bastor Lamontagne is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it’s between 10-25 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages! That is when the magic happens! But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world’s wine drinkers. So, enjoy it at any special occasion that calls for it.
Of course the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Bastor Lamontagne and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.
Serving and Decanting, Chateau Bastor Lamontagne, with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Bastor Lamontagne is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.
Chateau Bastor Lamontagne can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Bastor Lamontagne can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness. Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings.
Bastor Lamontagne has been known for being a light, easy to drink, well-priced Sauternes that offered good value for the money. I’d expect with the Cathiard team fully in charge of the wine making and vineyard management, Chateau Bastor Lamontagne should start producing better wine in the near future.
One unexpected change was the announcement in 2015 that the Cathiard family, in a partnership with Perrier water, began producing a new, lighter styled Sauternes, “Bastor Lamontagne SO Sauternes.” SO Sauternes is made with grapes from young vines that have less sweetness, and little botrytis. Vinification takes place in stainless steel vats.
The wine is blended with sparkling Perrier water and is intended to be served as a light, sweet drink, in the hopes of developing new, younger customers to wines from the Sauternes region. The logic is that as sweet white Bordeaux wine has become more difficult to sell over the past several years, this could attract new consumers that are not yet experienced with the enjoyment of tasting sweet, white Bordeaux wine.
Château Bastor-Lamontagne Wine Tasting Notes
6 Vintages 14,038 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Château Bastor-Lamontagne (Sauternes)|
Apricot, orange, pineapple and honeysuckle scents open the wine. On the palate, the wine is sweet, nutty, with loads of honeyed apricots, vanilla and banana custard. There is weight, and sweetness, but not too much. This can be paired with savory courses quite nicely.
1,290 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Bastor-Lamontagne (Sauternes)|
The best vintage ever for Bastor Lamontagne, there is depth of flavor, sweet, ripe, honeyed fruits, freshness and more volume than previous vintages. With the renewed commitment from the new owners, you can expect this estate to continue making better wines. 89-91 Pts
1,990 Views Tasted May 3, 2016
|2013||Château Bastor-Lamontagne (Sauternes)|
Medium bodied, bright, crisp, fresh style of sweet wine, with a core of sweet pineapple and apricot, coasted with honey. Sweet, but balanced by racy acidity, with hints of candied orange in the finish, this paired perfectly with grilled nectarines, peaches, figs and hazel nuts.
1,708 Views Tasted Sep 1, 2017
|2009||Château Bastor-Lamontagne (Sauternes)|
The nose offered light scents of apricot, orange and floral aromas. Medium bodied on the palate, the light, clean finish made me think this would make a nice aperitif. There was not a lot to this light wine. I'd drink it before its 10th birthday.
5,490 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2012
|2007||Château Bastor-Lamontagne (Sauternes)|
Light, easy drinking, fresh style of Sauternes that combines honeyed citrus and sweet, ripe pineapples with sugar that is well priced and uncomplicated.
2,509 Views Tasted Aug 4, 2014
|2003||Château Bastor-Lamontagne (Sauternes)|
Light for the vintage, this has a lot of charm. It is perfect to pair with savory dishes or serve as an aperitif, due to its orange, tropical, floral and honeyed tones.
1,051 Views Tasted Sep 23, 2018