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Château Lilian Ladouys (375ml), 2016, Cru Bourgeois St. Estèphe

Red, Old World, Cabernet-based from Bordeaux, France

An explosion of dark fruits with soft tannins and with cedar and pine notes in the bouquet - fresh and indulgent. An ideal accompaniment to roasts and hearty stews and, of course, hard cheeses. Try it with dark chocolate!

Why we recommend this wine
St Estèphe is one of our favourite areas in Bordeaux because of the quality of their wines and fair prices. This is no exception. It is made by a family run business with a Nurture Nature approach.

The wine
The vineyards comprise 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc with an average age of 35 years. The actual blend varies by vintage. The 2016 is Merlot 62%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32%, Petit Verdot 6%.

2016 was the year of climatic extremes. The first 6 months were particularly rainy followed by a long period of sunshine well above seasonal norms. The rains from the beginning of the year recharged the water tables which made it possible to avoid a unfavorable water stress during July and August. After a very dry summer, a providential rain arrived on the 13 September, allowing berries to reach a ideal maturity. Their terroir reacted very well to this extreme climatology, the clays as well as the colder nights provided the necessary freshness in the vineyard to relax. The flush limestone subsoil has maintained a constant humidity, very beneficial in case of drought. The little rain observed from mid-September to the end of October made it possible to extend ripening in ideal conditions.

The wine estate
The existence of the ‘La Doys’ estate can be traced back to 1564 when it was held in fief by Jacques de Becoyran, lord of Lafite. Château Lafite Rothschild is in fact just a few hundred metres away from the estate.

In 2008 it was acquired by the the Lorenzetti family who also have investments in several other Bordeaux estates. They have undertaken considerable restructuring works in order to establish the highest quality terroirs whilst also modernising their production facilities. The Château was awarded the Coupe des Crus Bourgeois in 2015, a powerful reflection of the success of their investments. In 2018 Manon Lorenzetti, who represents the second generation of this family business, joined the Domaine. In 2018 The Domaine was awarded HVE level 3 certification, that is, that although not certified organic they were recognized by the industry for their ‘nurture nature’ approach.
www.chateau-lilian-ladouys.com

Food and wine
Red meat roasts, grills and stews and hard cheeses such as cheddar, Comte and Gruyere
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
The title “High Environmental Value” (“Haute Valeur Environnementale” or HVE) was introduced by the French Ministry of Agriculture for agricultural operations to promote their engagement in environmentally respectful practices. The three-tiered system, originally introduced in 2011, encourages farms and vineyards to focus on increasing biodiversity, decreasing the negative environmental impact of their phytosanitary strategy (that is, reducing the use of pesticides and fungicides), managing their fertilizer inputs, and improving water management. So definately Nurture Nature but short of some of the crazy stuff surrounding Organic.

  • Cutlivar

    Cabernet based

  • Light / Heavy

    Medium bodied

  • Oaked

    Integrated oak

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Alcohol ABV

    13.5%

£19.75

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