Hervé Dubourdieu’s easy charm and modest disposition are complemented by his focus and ferocious perfectionism. He prefers to keep to himself, spending most of his time with his family in his modest, tasteful home, surrounded by his vineyards in the Sauternes and Graves appellations. Roûmieu-Lacoste, situated in Haut Barsac, originates from his mother’s side of the family, dating back to 1890. He also owns Château Graville-Lacoste and Château Ducasse, where he grows grapesfor his Graves Blanc and Bordeaux Blanc, respectively. In the words of Dixon Brooke, “Hervé is as meticulous a person as I have encountered in France’s vineyards and wineries. Everything is kept in absolutely perfect condition, and the wines showcase the results of this care – impeccable.” Hervé is incredibly hard on himself. Despite the pedigree and complexity of the terroir and the quality of the wines, he has never been quite satisfied to rest on his laurels, always striving to outdo himself.
This equal blend comes from just one hectare of 45-60 year old Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon vines on clay and limestone, and fissured rock.
• Manual selection of the oldest vines in the vineyard
• Fermentation, batonnage, and aging in fine-grained Hermitage barrique
• Aged in new oak barrels for 8 months
• 8 barrels made: 4 barrels complete malolactic fermentation, 4 barrels do not. Final wine is a blend of all barrels.
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered.