Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse

The Chateau, which dates back to the 18th Century, has been run by the lovely husband and wife team, Michel and Marie Noelle Marengo, since 1975. They produce two wines; a red Bordeaux named after the Chateau, and a rose called "Les Roses de Marie"... Perhaps you can guess where that name comes from!  Their 30 hectare plot is located in Saint-Sauveur, a district on the border of Pauillac in the Haut-Medoc Appelation, which is only 3km from Chateau Lafite and Chateau Latour. Although many say that they tend to slant towards the traditional winemaking styles of the area, they do in fact apply many organic and biodynamic philosophies to their process.

They have a strong respect for the flavours of the grapes, and blend their wines "blindly" - meaning they don't know what they blend but simply focus on the taste. After that they choose how much new oak to use, as its important for it to match the blend and the harvest of that year, and as Michel adds, "the oak should serve the fruit, not hide it".

One thing you may notice is the braille on their bottles. The couple feel that everyone should be able to choose a wine, to know what they're drinking and be able to join in the discussions. This empathy that they have towards other people, as well as the area around them, is heart-warming, and should inspire others to follow suit.