Chateau Les Hauts Conseillants, Lalande de Pomerol presented in a 37.5cl half bottle.
Chateau Les Hauts Conseillants is located in the Lalande de Pomerol wine-growing appellation of Bordeaux which is a satellite village of the right bank appellation of Pomerol itself. It is one of the most famous wineries of the appellation.
Chateau Les Hauts Conseillants is owned by the Figeac-Bourotte family who also own Chateau Bonalgue and Clos du Clocher in Pomerol and Chateau du Courlat in Lussac-Saint-Emilion. The estate’s origins stretch back to 1973 when Leopold Figeac and his son-in-law Pierre Bourotte purchased 5 hectares of vineyard in Lalande de Pomerol. There are now 10 hectares of vineyards. There are two distinct parcels of vines. 6 hectares of vineyards are vineyards are situated on sandy-clayey soil with gravelly subsoil, on the Chevrol plateau in Neac), 4 hectares are on a gravelly outcrop with 10% clay in Lalande. 1973 was also the year that Pierre’s son Jean-Baptiste Bourotte was born. Today John-Baptiste is in charge of the company and the wine is made in consultation with Michell Rolland and Christian Veyry.
The cuvée for Chateau Les Hauts Conseillants is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.The wine undergoes traditional vinfication, each plot is vinified separately, there is manual pumping over and a maceration of one month. After alcoholic fermentation the wine is aged for 15 months in fine-grained French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 one year old and 1/3 two year old) with 1 or 2 rackings per year. There are approximately 50,000 bottles produced per vintage.