93 Insider Points
One of our favorite values from Bordeaux, the new release Medoc from Hourbanon is drinking fresh and lively, with a dense texture and plenty of dry tannin on the finish. The 2012 offers broad, fruity aromas and rich flavors of black cherries, anise, black pepper and spice. Moderately oaked, the fruit is pure and enjoyable. This would work beautifully with any good piece of beef or some flavorful, hard cheeses. A great value wine to enjoy now through 2022. - DZ Oct 2015
Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Did somebody say terroir? The Medoc’s Cru Bourgeois, a relatively recent quality designation for Left Bank wines, are some of Bordeaux’s best values, showcasing all the features that contributed to this region’s vaunted status. Even within that category, Chateau Hourbanon stands out as an incredible value, having won multiple gold medals for its Cabernet-dominant blend.
We first discovered this family-run estate on a Sourcing trip to Bordeaux a few years back. Several vintages later, we’re still impressed. The 2012 Hourbanon is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc: 8%. The palate is weighty and well-structured, with fresh dark berry and currant flavors along with richly complex earth and mocha notes. The Merlot adds roundness to the palate and softens Cabernet’s characteristic tannins.
Displaying all the characteristics of Bordeaux’s prized terroir, this drinks way above it's price point. It is an incredible value and a great introduction to Bordeaux.
Reasons why we love it:
Only a minority of the Medoc’s wines are as designated Cru Bourgeois. The status is awarded annually by a panel of judges who winnow the field down after assessing the quality of the wineries and conducting blind tastings. The best of these can rival the wines from some of the classed growths.
This is a great introduction to Bordeaux reds and an incredible value -- priced at sub $17 -- for a wine of this quality!
Full and dense, with weighty black and purple fruits, sweet spice and well-integrated oak flavors. It’s approachable now, but you could cellar it for a few more years without any issues.
It is at the gates of Lesparre in the heart of the Medoc, which extends the vineyards of Château Hourbanon already classified Cru Bourgeois from the late nineteenth century.
In 1974 Rémi DELAYAT bought this vineyard almost abandoned and rehabilitated it. After his death, Nicole DELAYAT continued his work, and it is now me, Hugues DELAYAT, their son, who operates the 13 hectares of vines whose entire output is produced, high and bottled by us.
With the greatest concern for the respect of the land, traditions and typical Medoc, that we have the marriage of tradition and modernity, therefore, we hold: apology plowing land, natural amendments and manual harvesting, but we also evolved with the times and quality, and thus set up: stripping, temperature control of wine and set up computer tools traceability.
These are the grapes from vines carefully selected, perfectly ripe, carefully sorted, which will be vinified in the traditional Medoc way. After aging for 16 to 18 months in oak barrels, it is through us that will be bottled.
Then he will reveal aromas of ripe red fruit, discreetly woody, its deep ruby color, balance its tannins melted and its magnitude in the mouth, confirming its qualities typical Medoc and his ability to aging .
We are happy to welcome you on the farm for a visit to our winery and wine tasting in the cellar.
Enjoy this with red meats including roast game.