Chateau Lamothe-Bouscaut Pessac Leognan Blanc 2018  £34.95


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CHATEAU LAMOTHE-BOUSCAUT BLANC

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is located in the village of Cadaujac and dates back to the 12th century. In 1999 it was acquired by its neighbour, Château Bouscaut, owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles. The vineyards measure a total of nine hectares and are mainly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

The vines of Lamothe-Bouscaut are on average 35 years old and grow on deep, gravel soils near the Garonne River, situated 200 metres above sea level. The vineyards are planted with 20% Semillon and 80% Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are managed sustainably in order to respect the environment. Labouring the soils and keeping ground cover between rows is essential, with spraying reduced to a minimum. The vines are Guyot-trained and are on well-draining gravel soils.

The 2018 vintage started out very wet with hail and high levels of rainfall causing disease pressure in the vineyard. However, summer was hot and very dry and these conditions lasted through until October. While Bordeaux saw the hottest summer since 2003, the nights were cool, which allowed the grapes to maintain freshness.

The grapes were hand-harvested. The bunches of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were pressed and the juice fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks for a period of three weeks with regular pumping over. The wine was then aged in oak barrels on its lees for eight months.

On the nose, there are aromas of ripe citrus and stone fruits with undertones of elderflower. The oak is subtle and well-integrated, giving the wine good body and texture. This is complemented by fresh fruit and floral notes which carry on to a long and elegant finish.

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