Critic Review

90-92 Neal Martin, WineAdvocate "The maiden 2015 Château Alcée comes from three hectare bought by Nicolas Thienpont in 2011 augmented with a 6.5-hectare parcel in Saint-Philippe-d'Aiguilhe. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc picked between October 1-13 at 35 hectoliters per hectare, it has an opulent, quite candied bouquet with licorice aromas infusing the dark cherry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well balanced with finely tuned acidity. The palate is actually much more elegant that the aromatics suggest, smooth and harmonious, almost understated on the finish, yet the persistent aftertaste reminds you that there is plenty of substance here. Give it 2-3 years in bottle."

Ch. Alcee 2015 Castillon - Cotes de Bordeaux

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In July 2011, Nicolas Thienpont bought three hectares in the Côtes de Castillon area. This new wine admirably reflects the finesse, class and minerality of these soils.Old vines 50+ years. Very dark crimson. Smells of little ripe wild berries. Hint of Cab Franc's more linear character even though it is only 5%. Good combo of dry minerality and sweet fruit.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING
Vatting: 24 to 28 days
Ageing time: 16 to 18 months
Barrels: 50% new wood, 50% one-year-old wood

SPECIFIC METHOD
The whole berries are placed in the vats (no pressing). The vats are temperature
controlled. Extraction by pumping over during the first fermentation. Malolactic
fermentation in barrels and in vats. Aging on fine lees to bring down the alcohol
content: first racking after 6-10 months (before the summer) and the second a year
later before bottling. Fining and filtering are done only if necessary.

Country

France

Alcohol ABV

ABV 13.5%

Region

Bordeaux

Grape Varieties

95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc

Producer

Colour

Red

Drinking Window

Drink to 2033

Vintage

2015

Closure Type

Cork
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Critic Review

90-92 Neal Martin, WineAdvocate "The maiden 2015 Château Alcée comes from three hectare bought by Nicolas Thienpont in 2011 augmented with a 6.5-hectare parcel in Saint-Philippe-d'Aiguilhe. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc picked between October 1-13 at 35 hectoliters per hectare, it has an opulent, quite candied bouquet with licorice aromas infusing the dark cherry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well balanced with finely tuned acidity. The palate is actually much more elegant that the aromatics suggest, smooth and harmonious, almost understated on the finish, yet the persistent aftertaste reminds you that there is plenty of substance here. Give it 2-3 years in bottle."

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