Château Lucas Lussac Saint-Emilion 2010, Bordeaux, France

Drunk September 2015 @ home

The winery

Château Lucas is located in  Lussac Saint Emilion in Gironde fifty kilometers northeast of Bordeaux and has been run and owned by Frédéric Vauthier, for the last 20 years.  The AOC "Lussac Saint-Émilion" is close to the town of Lussac.

The estate is named after the place called "Lucas" with links to the English presence in the region, between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries following the marriage (in 1152) of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet King of England from 1154.

Lucas Castle was owned by the same family who owned the Abbey of Faize in recognition of loyal service to the king and ownership ceded to an ancestor of Vauthier in the late sixteenth century.

The estate is around 20 hectares, and the average age of vines is 35 years. Soils are clay loam and limestone, with rock outcropping averaging 40 cm. The blue clay is Montmorillonite and is the characteristic terroir of Saint-Emilion.

The wine

  • Area: 8-10 hectares, Annual production: 40 000 to 70 000 bottles
  • Soil: clay loam calcareous
  • Average age of vines: 25 years
  • Crop mode: reasoned fight without insecticides or weedkiller
  • Grape harvest machine and manual
  • Winemaking: reassembly and shedding at 28-30 ° C / 15-21 days maceration
  • Ageing 80% vats, 20% old barrels
  • Grapes: 50% Merlot - 50% Cabernet Franc

Fermented Grape tasting notes

This was an easy drinking Bordeaux from a good vintage 2010 and for the price very enjoyable at around £11 a bottle. Lacking harsh tannins or excess acidity, the Merlot and Cabernet Franc were expressed as plenty of plum,  and blackcurrant silky tannins with a nice long finish. Of course not the most sophisticated, but I can't see anyone complaining if you served this at a dinner party. It shows even value Bordeaux can be good when the vintage helps the fruit.