Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).
For other 2020 DWWA winners, click here.
See also (effectively) the oaked version of this wine from the same vintage, also a major winner at DWWA20.
On his way to boarding school each week, Luc Schweitzer drove past Château Bourdieu. When he became a winegrower, following in his parents’ footsteps, he decided to buy the property in 1993. He was attracted by the quality of the argilo-calcareous soil and engaged in some serious improvements. At the end of the first harvest, he had a new cellar built, parallel to the old one, extending its area to 1200 square meters, to work with an up-to-date, cutting-edge production line to fulfill his objectives.
Keen to become known for the quality of his wine, Schweitzer decided to enlarge his vineyard, which stood at ~49 acres at the time. With the addition of high quality plots bought from the Berson commune, the vineyard now extends to 185 acres and it is cultivated entirely ine line with its owner’s ambition: that is, to be among the very best of its appellation.
The Schweitzer family has also chosen to drive the vineyard towards an environmentally-friendly future, being an asset for both the consumer and the team that tends the vineyards.
This wine is a blend of 87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.
For more/full details of this wine, see the blue link below for a detailed data sheet from/by the Château themselves (with the odd bit of interesting translation).
Chateau Bourdieu, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2019 - fiche technique
The wine presents a beautiful, deep red ruby colour. It offers, on the nose, red fruits and blackcurrant aromas, completed by notes of redcurrant. The mouthfeel is round and juicy, with smooth, well-integrated tannins that offer a fine structure and surprisingly long finish for a wine of its age.
or, as DWWA20 put it:
"Flamboyant and deep, with ample, lush and fresh forest fruits, bramble and cassis, with cascading sweet spice swiftly following. A super, brooding wine which will shine brighter with time".