The latest: L’Étoile de Bon Pasteur. The second wine was born with the vintage 2013. A confidential annual production of 5000 bottles for this wine comes from a selection of the vineyards on a silty clay soil.
These vines receive the same care as those for Château Le Bon Pasteur. As its ‘elder brother’, the same rigorous selection and precision are applied from the vineyard to the cellar. All the expertise of oenologists Michel Rolland and Benoit Prévot contribute to the style and identity to this wine.
Michel Rolland reminds: “For a long time we wanted to produce a second wine of Château Le Bon Pasteur. This is finally done today. L’Étoile is born. Every year, we harvest the grapes from the young vines and replacement vines separately. This wine reflects the terroir but less profound than those from the old vines. We developed this wine as we have imagined, tender, cheerful, delicious. A real pleasure to taste. “
The vintage had started from the fall of 2012 by planting vegetal covers between the rows of vines to allow earlier intervention in the vineyard and limit the vigor to favor the blooming process.
Despite the heterogeneous results, works such as removing leaves and selection grapes led to pretty grapes.
Then it was a matter of harvest timing, an earlier ripening at Château Le Bon Pasteur enabled harvesting sooner for the vinification in barrels. We thought we would beat the record of late harvest in 2008, but this was not the case.
Dates of the harvest: October 18.104.22.168.8 and October 11.14.15.
Regarding the vinification, a delicate extraction was needed to keep the smoothness of the tannins and their silkiness, to preserve the fruits and palatability of the wine: The elegance and balance of 2013 have been retained with a tailor-made wine ageing process.
2013 is a real “jealous” vintage. One can often find a form of classicism cherished by amateurs of lighter wines with fresh aromas, with less alcohol than warmer years. Some cuvees are more concentrated, concise and with longer ageing potential, regardless of the grapes varieties and the percentage of cabernet sauvignon, franc and merlot, from north to south, from one bank to another.
We keep in mind vintages like 1997, 2002, 2007 to name a few of them: though difficult, they proved to be well integrated into the diversity of Bordeaux, so dear to the old world.
Clear ruby, the wine shows intense and subtle aromas with spicy and fruity notes.
On the palate the silky character dominates with soft tannins.