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History

Many wines are called the 'Wine of Kings' but that is literally true of Château Bastor Lamontagne. The estate once belonged to Louis XV, until he sold it to Vincent de la Montaigne, adviser to the parliament of Bordeaux, in 1711. But it was not until the Larrieu family (owners of Haut-Brion at the time) took over the property in 1839 that the estate's reputation for superb sweet wines was established.

Château Bastor-Lamontagne is a first-class estate located in the commune of Preignac in Sauternes. Cince 1936 it has been owned by Crédit Foncier. Its 50 hectares of vineyards border those of Château Suduiraut and are planted with 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. 

Bastor Lamontagne's wine is fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak barrels and is then matured in small oak barriques (25% new) for 15 months. Typically it is medium to full-bodied and packed with lusciously sweet, honeyed fruit. Bastor Lamontagne can be drunk young, though develops further complexity with 5-10 years of cellaring.

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Harvest :Entirely picked by hand and requiring 4 to 6 pickings of each plot. Generally carried out from the 20th September to the first days of November.

 

 

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Winemaking

Vinification : The wines of Château Bastor-Lamontagne ferment in barrel for 3 to 4 weeks at a controlled temperature of around 22/24°C. The wines reserved for Remparts de Bastor ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats (22/24°C). 

Ageing : From 13 to18 months in barrels, depending on the vintage. The second wine, Les Remparts de Bastor, is aged in vat and sometimes partially in barrels, 

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Another tasting organized by Crus et Domaines de France offered the chance to complete the list of white wines and to taste some fine reds. 

4d 18h ago

 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  4 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Château Suduiraut 2019 /Composed of 94% Semillon and 6% Sauvignon Blanc harvested from the 17th of September to the 30th of October (three selective pickings in total), the 2019 Suduiraut is aging for 16-20 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. The alcohol came in at 14.1% with 130 grams per liter of residual sugar. Pale to medium lemon-gold colored, the nose is oh-so-tantalizing with intense notes of candied ginger, beeswax, fenugreek and crystalized citrus peel over a core of pineapple upside-down cake, honey coated almonds, pink grapefruit and peach preserves with a waft of musk perfume. The rich, concentrated palate explodes with spicy fireworks in the mouth, complementing the the exotic fruit and peach preserves layers, with a racy line to lend just enough lift, finishing with epic length and depth. 94-96 points

12d 1h ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Another load of samples arrived on April 16, 2020 in Essen. This will be the third part of the primeurs tasting with some exciting wines.

2m 17d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  33 wines 

Sauternes had a very long hanging time in 2018 due to the dry and hot autumn which created very little botrytis. The wines ending up rich and refreshing with a sweet purity and fairly nice acidity as most managed their pH levels well, but they lack some of the complexity found in vintages with more prolonged botrytis.

1y 1m ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Vintage 1949-tasting - Best wine was superb Mouton-Rothschild - 100 points

2y 7m ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  11 wines 

1949 was a great vintage that has aged beautifully.

3y 8d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  21 wines 

In 2016 the resources available to winemakers is astonishing. Over the last twenty years, particularly, there has been a revolution to winemaking approach. Many of Bordeaux’s most prominent Chateaux have invested millions of Euros into the reconstruction of their wineries. Ch Calon Segur, Ch Beychevelle and Ch Pontet Canet are just a few that have been recently completed or in progress.


These have followed more high profile examples including Ch Margaux with its Sir Norman Foster designed winery, Ch Petrus, Ch Cheval Blanc, Ch Latour and Ch Montrose. Vineyard mapping drones, Grape hydro-coolers, sorting machines, gravity fed contraptions and stainless steel vats looking like large nespresso capsules are some of the expensive playthings of contemporary winemaking. Yet this equipment, rather than industrialising the process of vinification, is all about personalizing individual plots of land and taking a gentle approach to handling the fruit.

3y 9d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  24 wines 

The 2016 Bordeaux vintage will be remembered as one of the great years of the 21st Century. I have not been so excited about the prospects of such young wines since the remarkable back-to-back 2009 and 2010 vintages. At that time China was at the zenith of its extraordinary fine wine ascendency where the very top estates, particularly Chateau Lafite, had become a baksheesh currency. Every man and his dog, with a connection with government, curried favour or accepted gifts with Grand Cru Bordeaux, particularly First Growths. During this extraordinary time, the prices of Bordeaux started to move up at a more rapid speed than Sydney Real Estate. When we were filming Red Obsession in 2011 the Bordeaux wine market had become a classic bubble, even though the main actors still believed otherwise. Self-entitlement and denial always go hand in hand. Nonetheless, it has taken five years for the market to reset itself. Bordeaux is more confident again. Even interest from China has grown again. The market is now around 280 million Euros annually, which illustrates the resilience, power and track record of Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux wines.

3y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  54 wines 

The red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the Bordeaux vintage 2016 an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol 

3y 2m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

3y 2m ago

 Jürg Richter / Sauternes Expert, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  9 wines  from  Château Bastor-Lamontagne . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Château Bastor-Lamontagne 1926-1998.


Harvest :Entirely picked by hand and requiring 4 to 6 pickings of each plot. Generally carried out from the 20th September to the first days of November.


Vinification :The wines of Château Bastor-Lamontagne ferment in barrel for 3 to 4 weeks at a controlled temperature of around 22/24°C.
The wines reserved for Remparts de Bastor ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats (22/24°C).


Ageing :From 13 to18 months in barrels, depending on the vintage.
The second wine, Les Remparts de Bastor, is aged in vat and sometimes partially in barrels,

3y 6m ago

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