Bourgueil "Cuvée Prestige" Domaine des Chesnaies, Lamé-Delisle-Boucard 2009
Domaine des Chesnaies, Lamé-Delisle-Boucard, Bourgueil, Touraine
“This domaine produces ‘traditional’ Bourgueil and that we like. They keep well and benefit from decanting in order to show their full charm.”Gault & Millau 2010
Pierre Guyot first began producing wine at Lamé-Delisle-Boucard in 1869. The business has always been very much a family affair, with Pierre’s son-in-law Jules Lamé pioneering grafting vitis vinifera vines onto American Rootstock after the phylloxera epidemic. Originally, their wines were sold in bulk to local négociants, but the celebrated 1947 vintage inspired the family to begin bottling and selling wine under their own label. Over five generations, unlike many other French estates, Lamé-Delisle-Boucard has not been split up by the Napoleonic inheritance laws and has steadily increased in size to 44 hectares. Planted over a diverse range of soil types, with an average vine age of 35-40 years, Cabernet Franc represents 85% of their vineyard holdings, with 15% planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Now with Pierre’s great, great grandchildren at the helm, Philippe and Stéphanie Boucard, Lamé-Delisle-Boucard is highly regarded for its superb, mature reds, which are aged in the estate’s beautiful Tuffeau cellars under the cuverie.
Elegant, yet still very vibrant for a wine of this age, Bourgueil ‘Cuvée Prestige’ Lamé-Delisle-Boucard 2009 is brimming with ripe plums, blackcurrants, black pepper, forest floor, game and spice notes. Complex and well-structured with silky tannins, this is a great example of how good Cabernet Franc from the Loire can be!
Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc