Meet The Charming Couple Behind Château Hourtin-Ducasse

Husband and wife team Michel Marengo and Marie Noelle came all the way from the Haut-Médoc appellation in Bordeaux to share their wines with us at Astor. We were lucky enough to get a chance to ask them about their winemaking philosophy. Notice the unique packaging on the Rose? Check out this video to hear the why they have been putting braille on all of their vintages since 2010.

Ch. Hourtin-Ducasse, Haut-Médoc – 2009
Nicknamed “Velvet” this red Bordeaux doesn’t require that you wait for 5 to 10 years to get the most out of it. You may store it for that time if you want and it should still show its good lineage. It is a typical Left Bank blend but the nose and palate gets a lot of sophisticated, bright fruit with excellent balance. The tannins are tamed and smooth due to a good does of new oak. The finish is long and memorable. 2009 was a very good year and this wine shows it. It will conquer a grilled steak or almost anything barbecued. At this price it’s too good to pass up.

Ch. Hourtin-Ducasse “Les Roses de Marie,” Haut-Médoc – 2013
Packed with red fruits and floral flavors, this rosé is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Médoc region. It has a good weight and structure with a spicy, long finish. Pair the wine with skirt steak salad or with shrimp cocktail.