Dourthe No.1, 2022

It is only a week or two since news of Dourthe’s acquisition of Château Le Boscq, long recognised as one of St Estèphe’s leading cru bourgeois estates and recently anointed as Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, landed in my inbox. It served as a reminder that alongside my ever-growing spreadsheet of new tasting notes on 2019 Bordeaux, freshly retasted after bottling, I also have notes on a trio of new releases under the Dourthe No.1 label. I figured it was about time I published them, before Winedoctor is swamped in an avalanche of 2019 in-bottle tasting notes (which I will publish in the next few weeks).

Dourthe No.1, 2022

Dourthe will be a familiar name to many Bordeaux-interested wine drinkers. Founded in 1840, the family firm owns a number of notable châteaux, including Château La Garde in Pessac-Léognan and Château Reysson in the Haut-Médoc appellation. They also lease and manage a number of other properties, including Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac in St Emilion and what is surely the jewel in its crown, the classed growth Château Belgrave. By 1987 Dourthe was the largest company trading in Bordeaux, and it was the following year that the first vintage of Dourthe No.1 was released.

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