Vignobles Henri Bourlon

by Brigitte and Eric Destouet

COUNTRY: France
REGION: Bordeaux
APPELLATION: AOC Cotes de Castillon

Passionate about winegrowing, Henri Bourlon has always advocated quality for protecting the environment. In 1960, he was the joint-founder of ‘Connaissance et respect des Vins de France’, the only consumers’ association acknowledged by the European Union. In 1993, he set up a network of weather stations in his vineyards; using a specific software programme, it can define the precise characteristics of each vine illness as soon as it appears, in order to indicate the critical point when treatment becomes necessary. If this is done early enough it prevents contamination spreading. The result is that Henri Bourlon Wine Estates are approved for their exemplary “Rational Vine Growing” techniques.

For 3 generations, Henri Bourlon and his family have had only one motto: "produce a great wine while respecting the land that our parents have left us and that we must pass on to our children". Today Brigitte the daughter of Henri Bourlon and her husband Éric are convinced that the quality of wines from the family vineyard is directly linked to the respect they bring to this terroir they love. The organic certified vineyard extends over a magnificent site of clay and limestone hills northeast of Saint Emilion. The greatest care is taken to maintain the vineyard so that it naturally resists parasites with the least possible treatment. Thus, each vine and therefore a glass of wine preserves the natural riches of the region intact.


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Wine Region:

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a world capital of wine and a center of gastronomy. This port city in Southwestern France is home to 10,000 wine-producing estates and 13,000 grape growers. The region consists of 38 sub-regions with 57 appellations. 

Situated near the European Atlantic coast, Bordeaux's climate is temperate oceanic with cool winters and long, warm summers.

Bordeaux produces some of the world’s most expensive wines, and the red Bordeaux Blend is one of the most copied globally. A vast majority of Bordeaux reds are made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, typically medium- to full-bodied with high tannin and aromas of black currant, plums, and earthy notes. Bordeaux whites are made from Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. 

Featured Grape Varieties: 
Merlot 
Cabernet Sauvignon 
Cabernet Franc 

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