Château Moutte-Blanc, Bordeaux Supérieur 2015
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Patrice de Bortoli’s family originated from Italy, arriving in France in the early 18th century. But it was thanks to Patrice’s parents that Moutte Blanc was created, when nearing retirement in the early 1980s they started to tend 1ha of vines belonging to the family, restoring the vineyard, buying some good barrels and becoming passionate about their work.
Patrice joined while still working as an occupational therapist (becoming full time in 2000), modernisation continued, and the family gradually increased their holdings to the 4.5ha of today, with vines in the appellations of Bordeaux-Superieur, Haut-Médoc and Margaux. Patrice is quick to thank legendary Médoc wine consultant Jacques Boissenot for helping them with all aspects of their work until his death in 2014.
Moutte Blanc’s top wine comes from 0.70ha of gnarled 80-year-old Petit Verdot, 300 metres from the estuary, planted in ‘Palus’, a pebbly, clay soil. Although Petit Verdot is capricious and demands more than twice as much work in the vineyards as merlot, the spectacular wine that results is worth the effort.