Awarded a Gold medal and 95 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 unoaked version of this wine from the same vintage, also a major winner at DWWA20.
We've recorded a video tasting of this wine and its Bourdieu twin, too - click this link.
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 89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec.
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 No1, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2019 - fiche technique
Chateau Bourdieu No. 1 offers a beautiful deep garnet color to the eye with intense reflections. Its expressive and complex nose, made up of very ripe black fruits: blackcurrant, blueberry, blackberry and fresh red fruits: strawberry, redcurrant, is enhanced with wonderful toasted and vanilla notes. Its mouth is rich, structured, fleshy and ample thanks to its round and silky tannins. The finish brings this rich side which will make it appreciated on all occasions.
or as DWWA20 put it:
"Pristine definition of pure and driving damson, cherry and plum, with understated vanilla oak. Deep and long, the palate reveals a cascade of fleshy black fruits over ripe, fine-grained tannins and fruit-bonded acidity. Lovely stuff".