16 years ago since the launch of Essence de Dourthe 2000… With nine vintages released, each one constitutes an important chapter in the history of Essence, a history they have helped to establish, build and enrich.
From the nine estates which make up the Dourthe vineyards in Bordeaux, four prestigious châteaux located on various iconic terroirs in Bordeaux also play their part in the creation of Essence de Dourthe.
- In the Haut-Médoc, Château Belgrave, which was granted Grand Cru Classé status in 1855.
- Further north in Saint Estèphe, Château Le Boscq.
- To the south, in Pessac-Léognan at Château La Garde and an integral part of Dourthe’s portfolio since the 2005 vintage, Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
The Essence vines currently account for 14 hectares selected for their unique character, and essentially the ideal soil for each grape variety and the optimum age of the vines. In this way, the vines are managed on a strictly individual basis. Each vine is effectively considered as a specific entity, benefiting from tailored management techniques to produce the finest quality grapes possible. Throughout the year, each vine receives no less than fifty different treatments before the harvest. In order for the grapes to be harvested at optimum maturity, ripeness levels are monitored through analyses, tastings, and also by appearance. This rigorous process is echoed during harvesting, which is carried out by successive passages through the vines.