WHY BUY IT ?
- A wine of Bordeaux Tradition’s family
- South, South-East exposition; the soils are renowed as the finest of the appellation (Le Feret Edition since end of XIXth century)
- The reception of the harvest was rethought since the purchase of the shortage table SOCMA : same one as at Château d’Issan.
- 25% new oak barrel.
- A new generation of Cruse family: Vanesse Cruse Duboscq
- An exceptional terroir worthy of the Saint Juliens.
- A vineyard in excellent sanitary state with a drainage system only 5 years old.
- Oenologist: Stéphane Courèges (Ch. Labadie, Ch. Pontet Barrail)
- An aim of producing great wines of Bordeaux and not wines that are too modern.
- An excellent quality-price ratio.
The History of Château Laujac brings back to Gaul conquest period. The name of the estate was usually serve to identify a Gallo-Roman villa. The land belonged first to the Aujeard Family, then was bought by Mr. Villeminot after the Revolution. He had the Chateau built in the neoclassical style in 1810. In 1824, the property enterred the Cabarrus Family before it was sold to the Cruse Family in 1852. The vineyard is passed down from generation to generation and has to fight the “phylloxera invasion”, World War 2 and the terrible frosts before Bernard Cruse arrived at the head of the estate in 1957. In few years, he restructured the vineyard, undertook a modernizatin of the technical tools and work in a sustainable way. After 55 vintages, this passionate winemaker transmitted management of Château Laujac to his daughter and his son-in-law in 2012. Today, the heart of Vanessa Cruse and her husband René-Philippe Duboscq is still at Laujac. There would be many thing to say about the Domaine of Laujac but the most important is the future and the tremendous work Vanessa and René-Philippe have done to replace Laujac at the top of the appellation.
The unique terroir of Château Laujac is about 110 hectares. The proximity of the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean creates a microclimate that offers a good maturation of the grapes. Soils are composed of graves and limestone clays that allow especially good expression of Merlot. Te part of the Laujac soil is composed of Pliocene-Quaternary formations where the Cabernet Sauvignon reigns, next to Petit-Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape variety of Château Laujac. Grape variety is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot & 10% Petit Verdot. At Château Laujac, the culture of the vine is both traditional and innovative; it changes according to the different climatic conditions and soils. All the technics are improved in a sustainable way: double-Guyot pruning, leaf-thinnng and green-harvesting, soil tillage, the use of cover crops and natural fertilizer from the cattle… The wine is maturing is oak barrels during 12 months, during which time the wines are racked once or twice. The wines are elaborated in order to maintain the flavour of ripe fruit throughout their development.
The tasting of Château Laujac is offering a dense wine with a bouquet of blackcurrant and blueberry. In the mouth, the first impression is straightforward yet delicate. The fine tannins melt into the body of the wine thus giving an excellent structure that ensures good keeping potential.
Their Team :
Owners : Vanessa & Jean-Philippe DUBOSCQ