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24 September 2015 News

An article in today’s Drink Business talks about how the Milhades are bringing back the lost Carmenère grape variety. Below is an excerpt! Click here to read the full article.

Duo Bringing Carmenere back to Bordeaux

“A pair of young winemakers in Bordeaux are putting their faith in Carmenère, bringing the variety, which has all but disappeared in France, back to its birthplace.

Marc and Elodie Milhade, the bother and sister duo at Château Recougne near Libourne on the Right Bank planted two hectares of Carmenère at the 100-hectare estate in 2000 but are keen to increase plantings due to a positive reception towards the wine, which they believe helps them to stand out.

Using French clones, the pair only make Carmenère in exceptional years as the variety is notoriously tricky to ripen.”

 

 

 
7 August 2015 News

The Hawaii Beverage Guide published a great interview with Vintus’ Vice President and Brand Manager, Patrick Will! Patrick goes into discussing Milhade wines and how they offer authenticity and tremendous value. Click here to read the full interview!

 
6 July 2015 News

The Wine Advocate published a retrospective on the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux in its June 30th issue. See below for the text of the reviews for Chateau Recougne, Chateau Boutisse, La Serre, La Fleur Petrus, and Chateau Margaux.

Ch Recougne 2005

“One of the best Bordeaux Supérieurs money can buy, this blend of 78% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon has an incredible track record of aging 20 to 30 or more years. The 2005 has a dense ruby/purple color, good acidity, sweet, ripe tannin, impressive concentration and density, and a youthful mouthfeel. This wine could go on for another two decades. It is a sleeper of the vintage.promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years.” 89 Points

Chateau Boutisse 2005

“From a relatively large estate of 60 acres stretching across the limestone plateau of St.-Emilion, a nose of currants and black cherries interwoven with spring flowers jumps from the glass of this opaque purple wine. Some light to moderate tannins are still present, but the wine is medium to full-bodied and much more impressive than I remember it earlier in life. This sleeper of the vintage is nicely textured, pure, and capable of lasting another 12-15+ years.” 90 Points

La Serre 2005

“The 2005 La Serre is a delicious, soft, round, fruit-driven wine from proprietor Luc d’Arfeuille. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.” 86 Points

La Fleur Petrus 2005

“Abundant sweet cherry and truffle, new saddle leather and spice box notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, silky Pomerol. It is less concentrated than some of the big boys such as Gazin, Le Gay, L’Evangile and Certan de May, but it is an elegant, finesse style of wine to drink over the next 10-15 years.” 92 Points

Chateau Margaux 2005

“The first-growth 2005 Château Margaux (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot), a lavish fragrance of blackcurrants, velvety new saddle leather, spring flowers and spice soars from the glass. The wood is already totally concealed beneath the cascade of fruit in this medium to full-bodied, pure and majestic wine. This concentrated, dense, but nevertheless strikingly elegant, multi-layered wine has a finish of 45+ seconds. It builds incrementally to a crescendo and finale. This is a stunner that can be approached already, but promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years.” 98 Points

 
28 March 2014 News, Videos

Check out this great video on Chateau Recougne!

 
28 March 2014 News

Wine Spectator published an article entitled “Bordeaux 2013: A Sneak Peek”, which dives in to the challenges of the 2013 vintage. Senior editor, James Molesworth, featured new reviews of 19 wines from Bordeaux. The highest scoring wine is Milhade’s Chateaux Bouttisse 2013 with 87-90 points. Check out the review below or click here to read the full article.

CHÂTEAU BOUTISSE St.-Emilion 2013 Score: 87-90: “Features a juicy core of plum and blackberry fruit, lined with hints of licorice root and briar. A touch taut, but shows good flesh. Should knit well enough. —J.M.”

 

 
28 May 2013 News

A piece currently on Wine Spectator’s Web site, entitled “Where Will the Next Generation Take Bordeaux,” discusses the next generation of winemakers in Bordeaux, with major coverage of Marc Milhade of Chateau Boutisse. The article gives a little insight into how top young Bordeaux winemakers are developing their own, more vineyard based direction. To read the full post click here.

 
11 April 2013 News, Videos

Château Boutisse has passed along their 2012 Harvest Report as well as a brief video allowing viewers to discover the new vintage. At Château Boutisse, children of Xavier and Agnes Milhade, Marc and Elodie are preparing for the 2012 vintage to be unveiled in Bordeaux. In the video below, the whole family shares the emotions of their daily marathon towards excellence and customer satisfaction!

 
23 May 2012 News

Charlene Peters, Boston City Guide Examiner editor and writer, attended the VINTUS Producer Tour in Cambridge several weeks ago.  Peters discusses her experience at the event, explaining that it solidified her love for certain wines and allowed her to discover a number of new wines as well.  The winemaker’s that took her by surprise and made an impressive showing were Finca Decero, Chateau Montelena, Xavier Milhade, Sandrone, Enrico Santini, and Telmo Rodriguez.

Click the image below to read the full article.

 
23 March 2012 News

Below is a menu from a Commanderie de Bordeaux dinner that Fred Ek recently attended in Boston.  He supplied many of the (incredible) wines from his own cellar, and poured blind with Chateau Cheval Blanc 1952 and Chateau Pavie 1952 a “Mystery Wine” that turned out to be Chateau Recougne 1952.  Two of the titans of the right bank against a humble Bordeaux Superieur – the clear consenus was that the Recougne was outstanding, far superior to the Pavie and not behind the Cheval Blanc.  Pretty amazing.

If you click on the menu you can download the PDF.

 

 
6 March 2012 News

Xavier and Marc Milhade jump for joy!  Chateau Boutisse 2009 is now available!  Following is the review from the Wine Advocate published last week:

A sleeper of the vintage, this is possibly the best wine I have tasted from Boutisse. Coming from a vineyard near Fleur Cardinale, the wine displays beautiful raspberry and black cherry fruit as well as hints of roasted herbs, charcoal and barbecue smoke. Deep, fleshy and very attractive, with low acidity and heady fruit, this wine should drink well for 10-15 years.” 89 Points Robert Parker