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Château Ducla Red
2010

Owner

The Mau family. 

History 

One of the buildings on the estate dates back to the 14th century and boasts a remarkable period roof structure in the form of the upturned hull of a boat. At the time of the Hundred Years War, this building was used as a hunting pavilion by a Scottish Lord Mac Douglas, whose name has been deformed over the centuries to give "Ducla". This old edifice in St Exupéry is reproduced on the labels of Château Ducla. Château Ducla was the first estate to be ISO 9001 registered. 

Production area 

Castets, Saint Hilaire, Saint Exupéry. 

Appellation

The Bordeaux Supérieur appellation is subject to stricter production rules than the Bordeaux appellation: 10% lower yields and maturing of at least 12 months. 

Surface area of the estate

40 hectares. 

Type of soil 

Silt-clay-limestone hillsides. 

Vine varieties

50% Merlot 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Cabernet Franc 

Average of the wines

25 years on average. 

Vinification and maturing

Traditional Bordeaux winemaking techniques. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration with pumping over twice a day, vatting for at least a fortnight at controlled temperatures. Traditional maturing in vats on the fine lees. 

Tasting notes

A beautiful brilliant colour with intense purple tints. Bouquet :Château Ducla reveals a large palette of aromas with red fruit, toast and spicy hints. These riches are matched on the palate by a powerful, well-balanced structure. Palate : Rounded and full in the attack leading into nice flesh and a very velvety tannic presence. Nice balance. The wood blends in harmoniously. A hint of vanilla and a pleasant aftertaste of cherry and blackcurrant. Can be enjoyed right away or over the next 6 years. 

Serving suggestions 

Serve with escalopes, roast meat and a wide range of cheeses..