Château Lamothe-Bergeron: Tasting & Drinking

The commune of Cussac-Fort-Médoc is one worth knowing about. Sandwiched between St Julien to the north and Margaux to the south, its terroir arguably has greater promise than the more renowned appellations of Moulis-en-Médoc and Listrac-Médoc, both of which lie inland, to the west. Little wonder that when the Margaux boundaries were withdrawn to include some of the vineyards of Château d’Arsac, some of the loudest murmurings which questioned whether the same process could be applied to other parts of the Haut-Médoc appellation came from proprietors in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, which sits just outside the limits of the St Julien appellation.

The commune’s renown rests upon its valuable gravel soils, upon which sit some well-known Haut-Médoc properties, including Château Lanessan, Château Beaumont, Château du Retout, Château de Lauga and Château du Moulin Rouge. Château Lamothe-Bergeron is another to add to this list.

Looking back at recent vintages I see consistent good quality here, with admirable wines made in 2020, 2019, 2018 and particularly 2016. Lesser vintages are not so interesting, but that is not uncommonly the case at this level. Stick to the best vintages is my advice, and look for wines from grander names and grander terroirs in more difficult years. (7/7/21)

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