Château Hourtin-Ducasse - Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France (2018)
Sara d'Amato, Wine Align gave this wine 94 points: "Immediately endearing this assemblage of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot is well-sturctured and poised. Notably concentrated and refined with plush, but grippy tannings. Upfront and not yet entirely revealing. Youthful and needing further time in bottle for best expression. Best 2023-29."
John Szabo, MS gave this wine 93 points: “This is classy and composed, polished left bank Bordeaux with about equal parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with 14% cabernet franc and a dash of petit verdot. The nose is already open and engaging, showing plenty of fresh-ripe, dark fruit, plums and cassis, alongside high-quality oak-derived spice and savory herbs. The palate is mid-weight at 13.5% alcohol declared, with finely detailed tannins and succulent acids, the entire ensemble in lovely harmony. I find this a graceful and beautifully balanced wine, enticing even at this young stage, though better no doubt from 2024-2034 or so. Delivers more than the appellation might imply and represents fine value in the realm of premium Bordeaux."
A family business through and through, Château Hourtin-Ducasse, located in Saint-Sauveur, on the very edge of Pauillac, was founded in the 18th century by Messrs Hourtin and Ducasse. Michel & Marie Noëlle Margengo acquired the property in 1976 and for more than 40 years have been taking care of it with their 7 children (all of whom have names beginning with M).
The property covers 25 hectares, including 18 hectares of vines, which are on average over 25 years old. They manage the vines using conservation agriculture, which borrows certain techniques from biodynamics or organic farming. This makes it possible to support plant growth by using the natural capacities of plants to treat the vines, to work the soil and to promote diversity between the rows.