Bourgueil "Cuvée Prestige" Domaine des Chesnaies, Lamé-Delisle-Boucard 2014
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.
Notes of red cherries, plums, game, truffles and toasted walnuts on both the nose and the palate. Complex and intriguing, with a lingering fruity finish, this wine offers superb value given the level of bottle evolution.
Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc