AOC Médoc Cru Bourgeois
Bruno Segond is the energetic man behind this Cru Bourgeois, having taken over from his parents who bought the first four hectares in the commune of Valeyrac in the early 1960’s. Up until 1992 the family just produced grapes and sold them to the local cooperative, which was perfectly normal for many of the smaller vineyard holdings in the area. Over a ten-year period Bruno encouraged his parents to make the move to making wine on the property which was not an easy task given the levels of investment required. This plan paid off and from 2002 Lousteauneuf bottles 100% of its own wine.
The vineyard has grown steadily and now there are 24 hectares under vine, making up a complex patchwork of the soil types typical of this part of the Médoc: gravels of differing depths depending on the area, old sands mixed with limestone and clays, and an underlying base of limestone. This in turn brings complexity to the wines and plenty of minerality. The choice of grape varieties also brings diversity of flavours, and while Cabernet Sauvignon is in the majority here (70%), there are good helpings also of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Bruno’s mission, in his own words, is the “expression du terroir” of this weather-beaten land that lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Europe’s largest estuary. His wines should have fruit and freshness enveloped in soft oak, he says, and this is what he achieves, working hand-in-hand with his winemaking consultant Stéphane Courrèges. As with all Bordeaux, each vintage shows its individual personality, some have a bigger structure from better ripeness and others are lighter for early drinking, but there is a definite Lousteauneuf style which runs through the lot, with bold fruit and confident structure. The distinctive label design also helps Lousteauneuf to stand out in a sea of wines from this large appellation.
|Château Lousteauneuf, Médoc Cru Bourgeois, 2011|
|Château Lousteauneuf, Médoc Cru Bourgeois, 2012|
|Château Lousteauneuf, Médoc Cru Bourgeois, 2014|