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 2019 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 Oxygen very carefully under strict computer-monitored conditions to develop the texture and stabilise 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.
A Mixed Case contains 3 bottles of each of –
Château Lamothe-Vincent Sauvignon Tradition 2018
AOP Bordeaux sec
The 2018 vintage produced lovely fresh, racy whites in Bordeaux.
This first white is an exquisitely crafted blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Sauvignon Gris fermented in stainless steel and then blended with 14% Semillon, which is barrique-fermented.
It has a gorgeous toasty gooseberry nose which leads into a silky mouthful of gooseberry fruit, finishing with gentle acidity and good length. Remarkable value.
Château Lamothe-Vincent Sauvignon Blanc Intense 2018
AOP Bordeaux sec
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 and gentle acidity. Great as an aperitif or with fish dishes.
Château Lamothe-Vincent Intense Rouge, Medaille d’Or 2016
Fabien has changed the blend to 60% Merlot with 40% Petit Verdot, Just 40% is aged in French oak barrels.
It is deep in colour, with an intense nose of black fruits with hints of eucalyptus, leading into a big, complex, spicy wine brimming with black and red fruits and a soft tannins at the finish.
It is lovely now but will keep for several years. Once again a Gold medal winner at Paris!
Château Lamothe-Vincent Heritage Rouge 2017
AOP Bordeaux Supèrieur
Made with low yields from old vines of 78% Merlot & 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, this flagship wine was aged for 13 months in oak barrels.
It is another deep wine, with hints of lead pencils and cedar on the nose. On the palate it is soft & rich, spicy & complex, velvety and very long.
A perfect match for beef or lamb now, it will age and become more complex over the next five years.