We have put a heavy foot to the pedal of our backed up queue of sample bottles, and just came across this extremely exceptional value of Bordeaux Supérieur …. 2018 Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens.
This is a surprisingly drinkable, fruit forward wine. 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. A pretty, deep purple color. Complex nose of dark berries and olives, with hints of cocoa and fresh herbs. Mouth filling with good structure. Direct and straightforward with lush and delicious fruit driven flavors. Drink over the next 3-4 years. So over delivers for the money. 14.5% Alcohol.
No ratings at this time. 2016 vintage received 90 point Wine Advocate, and 92 point Wine Enthusiast ratings.
Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens is located in Verac, in the Fronsac region of Bordeaux. It has belonged to the Lhuillier family for 3 generations.
Since 1990, the family has embarked on an extensive renovation program to improve the vineyards and cultivation methods. Significant investments have been made since 1997 to completely modernize the winemaking facilities. They use slow, finessed vinification processes that result in well-balanced, outstanding wines of consistent quality that continue to improve each year.
The Lhuillier family has introduced intelligent, sustainable farming methods using organic fertilizers and herbicides for its 30 hectares of 30 year old vines planted on south facing slopes of limestone-clay. Yields average 3 tons per acre. The entire manual harvest takes about 10 days as each parcel is picked separately as they ripen at different times. A double sorting selection process continues before the grapes are cold macerated for 8 days at 10-12 degrees centigrade. Each varietal is fermented separately over 3-4 weeks in temperature cooled stainless steel tanks. The individual wines are moved to 50% new French oak where it ages on it lees with stirring for 8 months. The final blend is assembled after aging, and is not fined or filtered.