AOC Médoc Cru Bourgeois
A decade ago this property was well distributed across Europe and the USA, with a reputation for producing reliable, affordable and delicious age-worthy Cabernet-led claret year after year. So where did it go?
Jean Boivert, the eighth generation of a Médoc wine family, whose great-grandfather had been the first to bottle his own wine for sale to the local market, and who had himself developed the international following of this Cru Bourgeois over more than three decades, passed away in 2004 having signed off on an exceptional vintage, the 2003. Since then his charming and loquacious wife, Hélène, and their two sons Vincent and François, have been running the château more than competently but with little focus on export sales (and with very little English between them) and the brand has consequently lost its position abroad.
The wine remains extremely good and is just as reliable, as is their newer vineyard, Château Fontis. In 2011 the cuverie was refitted with new stainless steel fermentation tanks and the latest technology, bringing to Les Ormes Sorbet a more refreshing, fruit-driven edge that will please today’s consumer. With the help of Rive Gauche Wines on the traditional export markets of Europe and the USA, this familiar label should now re-establish itself once more as a firm favourite with a new generation of Bordeaux lovers.