Château Alcee, Castillon

Bordeaux, France   |  Smooth Red   |  Cabernet Franc, Merlot   |  2021
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CHAT-ALCE-2021
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This wine is sold En Primeur. Estimated delivery in 2024

Alcée is the pet project of widely-celebrated winemaker Nicolas Thienpont (of Pavie-Macquin fame especially, one of 2021's wines of the vintage), so it's not a huge surprise to see the wine perform at this level quality, though you still rarely expect to see this in Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux. Since acquiring the estate in 2011 Nicolas has sought to push quality further and further, converting to organic farming, replanting vines, reducing yields and delaying harvesting until optimum phenolic ripeness. Winemaking is similarly assiduous, with laser-sharp selection at the sorting table and plot-by-plot vinification. The resultant wine speaks to the elegant side of Merlot and arguably bears more in comparison with Pomerol than it does with neighbouring St Emilion.

The Alcée 2021 is a belter and Neal Martin is utterly enthused by it, praising the wine's "open, expressive bouquet of dark cherries, bergamot and light sous-bois aromas, hints of pencil shavings emerging with aeration". It also has that signature Pomerol touch of combining complex character & finesse with plush, hedonic fruit, and Neal notes the "lovely juicy opening, fine acidity, rounded supple red fruit and a harmonious, refined finish", concluding "this is a seductive Alcée in the making." Bravo.


90-92 points Neal Martin

The 2021 Alcée includes a new 4-hectare parcel en fermage in St-Genes-de-Castillon (clay over limestone), making 12.22 hectares in total. Cropped at 23.7hl/ha October 6-19, this has an open, expressive bouquet of dark cherries, bergamot and light sous-bois aromas, hints of pencil shavings emerging with aeration. The palate has a lovely juicy opening, fine acidity, rounded supple red fruit and a harmonious, refined finish. This is a seductive Alcée in the making.

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  Bottle size 750
  Duty Paid / In Bond In Bond
  Vintage 2021
  Country France
  Region Bordeaux
  Grape Cabernet Franc, Merlot
  Wine Type Red wines
  Wine Style Smooth Red
  Winemaking Organic wines

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