Château Recougne - Boutisse - Tour Bayard
Château Tour Bayard 2018
Château Tour Bayard is a recent addition to the Milhade portfolio, coming into the family through marriage. This 25 acre property in the St.-Émilion Satellite Montagne-St.-Émilion has been run by the Richard family since 1956, and is now regarded as one of the top estates in the appellation.
The soils here are a mix of clay and limestone marl, and the vineyard is planted in a beautifully situated natural amphitheater with an ideal southerly exposure. Merlot is the predominant variety, accounting for 80% of the vignoble, complemented by Cabernet Franc and Malbec; the vines are about 40 years old on average. The Richard family works the soils organically, eschewing pesticides and other chemical treatments. The Malbec is generally bottled as a separate cuvée.
At harvest, the grapes are 100% destemmed and crushed before being placed in temperature controlled vats. Each parcel on the estate is vinified separately, and the wine is raised for 12 months in a combination of cement tanks (60%) and new and second fill barrels (20% each). The finished wine is supple and full-bodied, with excellent ripeness, and refined aromatics from the Cabernet Franc. The wine is then aged in a combination of cement vats and first and second use barriques for 12 months.
2018 presented serious challenges for the vintner, with strong disease-pressure (mildew) in the Spring followed by drought conditions the rest of the year. Happily, the water-retentive clay and limestone marls of Montagne-Saint-Émilion helped the vines tolerate the drought, and harvest took place under ideal conditions in September. Yields were exceptionally low and the grapes were concentrated with thick skins, so extraction needed to be carefully judged. The 2018 Tour Bayard is dense, and full-bodied, with refined tannins, perfectly judged oak, and plenty of forward fruit – a real success, and possibly the best wine produced at the estate to date. As always, this wine represents exceptional value.
Tour Bayard is relatively modern in style, with refined tannins, punchy fruit, and seductive aromas enhanced by malolactic fermentation in barrique.
Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot
Jeb Dunnuck - “A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, all from the Montagne region of Saint-Emilion, the 2018 Château Tour Bayard has a classy nose of redcurrants, ripe cherries, green tobacco, spring flowers, and sandalwood. This carries to a ripe, pure, elegant, and medium to full-bodied 2018 with ripe tannins, a big mid-palate, and lots of character."
Wine Advocate (92-94) - “Tour Bayard is a small, family-owned winery, and the third generation is now looking after the property—Richard, Nelly and Julien, who is the winemaker. Grapes are grown on limestone soils with southeast exposure, and no weedkillers have ever been used here. The 2018 Tour Bayard is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with bold, expressive chocolate-covered cherries, blackberry pie and potpourri scents plus hints of violets and spice cake. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and seductive, it delivers loads of spice-sparked layers and a long, fragrant finish."
Vinous Media - “The 2018 Tour Bayard is so expressive right out of the gate. Freshly cut flowers, lavender and spice add lovely aromatic lift to a core of red/purplish berry fruit. This stylish, mid-weight Montagne Saint-Émilion has a lot to offer. Drink it over the next decade or so."
Other Wines by this Producer
Chateau Recougne has produced wine for more than 400 years,and has been recognized for nearly as long for producing outstanding wine - its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in “recognition” of the quality of its wine. This wine offers pure Bordeaux unadulterated and pure.
The Milhade family has been landowners in Bordeaux for three generations and currently own six properties in the right bank regions of Saint-Émilion, Lussac- Saint-Émilion, Lalande-de-Pomerol, and Bordeaux Supérieur. Their wines represent both amazing value in Bordeaux and the beautiful results that can be achieved by small family estates focused on producing high quality wines. The wines are marked by wonderful, expressive fruit and retain an authenticity and soulfulness.
Château Moncabrier is a selection parcèllaire from the Milhade family’s estate, Château Recougne. This property has produced wine for more than 400 years, and has been recognized for nearly as long for producing outstanding wine - its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in “recognition” of the quality of its wine. The Milhade family purchased the property in the early 1950s, and Recougne has become their flagship estate, producing quintessential pure Bordeaux each vintage – classic “claret” in the best sense of the word. Moncabrier is a produced in the same manner as Recougne, but from younger vines and parcels giving more forward, fruity wines
Purchased in 1996, the Milhade family have invested enormously in the vineyards and facilities at Boutisse and, above all, with their energy. Today Boutisse is no longer a surprise - dynamic young winemaker Marc Milhade has transformed this estate into an outstanding Saint-Emilion, with ripe, structured and engaging character.