Chateau Bonalgue is a relatively new wine for Fareham Wine Cellar which we have been selling for about 2 years. I have tried two different vintages now, the 2005 and the 2008 Chateau Bonalgue, and I have been quite impressed with both wines, they are certainly great wines for the money when you consider the stratospheric prices of some Pomerol.
Chateau Bonalgue is a located in the Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux. The Bourotte family acquired the Chateau in 1926 with Pierre Bourotte taking the helm in 1961, then his son Jean-Baptiste in 2005. Today the vineyard is in an excellent condition, and the property continues to improve and to refine its methods with a mix of traditional methods and modern equipment, whilst retaining the characteristics of the exceptional terroir of Bonalgue.
The vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and comprises 7.55 hectares of gravel and sandy-clay soils, with a subsoil of gravels and alios – the rich band of iron-ore that characterizes the Pomerol terroir. These qualities make this a heat-retaining soil which means that the grapes ripen early and evenly, reaching perfect maturity.
The vines have an average of 25 years old and, with precise and meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard, means they produce consistent, high quality grapes every year. The vines undergo pruning, leaf thinning, de-budding and green harvesting in order to attain this quality. The grapes are harvested into small trays so the grapes to no get damages prior to delivery to the wines. At the winery there is a final stage of hand-sorting of the grapes.
The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak.