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Château Boutisse

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Purchased in 1996, Château Boutisse is Xavier Milhade's most prestigious estate. It is relatively large for Saint-Emilion at 57 acres, planted largely with Merlot (88%) and the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon (11%) and Cabernet Franc (1%). Huge investments have been made into the vineyards since 1996, with several parcels of vines being completely replanted. When the soil was ripped and prepared for planting, large chunks of the recherché limestone were visible under the chalky clay topsoil. The vineyards enjoy an excellent southern exposure.
Every technique employed at the estate is orientated towards quality. After sorting, the grapes are gravity fed to small, temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Natural yeasts trigger a prolonged fermentation, followed by a three week maceration for extraction of color, fruit and tannin. Malolactic fermentation takes place in  new oak barrels in the adjacent cellars. Fining is done with egg whites and racking is done every 3 months. Following 18 months aging in cask (40% new), the wine is lightly filtered before being bottled.
The wine is a beautiful, striking, inky red with a warm, intense bouquet of mocha and sweet spices. The palate is classic from a great estate in Saint-Émilion, showing full body, fine yet firm tannins, explosive black cherry fruit, all encased in the subtle toasty flavors. 
   
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