This lovely vineyard is situated in the gentle rolling hills of the pretty Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, surrounded by copses of mature trees. Bordeaux has been blessed with a series of good and great vintages. When we visited the Vincent family again in the Spring of 2013 to taste these new vintages, we were bowled over by the quality – not only of the whites but also of the fabulous reds! The wonderful fruit quality of the special Intense cuvées are particularly impressive.
Fabien Vincent has used his New Zealand experience to produce ultramodern juicy Sauvignon Blancs, with delicious gooseberry flavours which are enhanced by the judicious addition of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, filling out the middle palate. These are thoroughly modern Sauvignons, which leap out of the glass and match many New Zealand wines, costing much more.
He has focussed just as much care on his reds. His brother Christophe has transformed the vineyard, massively improving the quality of the fruit. For varietal expression, fermentations take place at around 24°C. This can go up to 32°C if greater structure is required. They have invested in the very expensive technology of Micro-oxygenation, This process involves bubbling microscopic bubbles of 02 very carefully under strict computer-monitored conditions to develop the texture and stabilize the colour of the wine. Then, the wines are aged on the lees with stirring once a week for 2 to 10 months, with a view to enhancing ripe and soft flavours and increasing length on the finish.
All their wines deliver much more quality than their prices suggest. Their wines continue to win medals and awards year after year at such prestigious wine fairs as Paris, as well as having regular mentions in Guide Hachette and Decanter magazine.
This year we have chosen to ship their two special Intense cuvées which are notable for the intensity of their fruit-driven flavours.
Château Lamothe-Vincent Sauvignon Blanc Intense 2014
AC Bordeaux sec
2014 produced lovely fresh, racy whites in Bordeaux. Fabien selected the best grapes to make this special 100% Sauvignon Blanc cuvée. The carefully controlled cold fermentation results in wonderful, racy gooseberry aromas. It is full of concentrated passion fruit and gooseberry flavours on the palate with a lovely mineral finish displaying mouth-watering zingy acidity. Great as an aperitif or with fish dishes.
Château Lamothe-Vincent Rouge Intense 2013
Fabien has used 100% Merlot for the 2013, of which 1/3 undergoes the malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. It is deep in colour, with a leafy, cedary nose, leading into ripe, soft, rounded cassis, crushed strawberry and black fruits with liquorice and vanilla in the background and good length. It is lovely now but will age well over the next five years. Once again a Gold medal winner at Paris!