Château Olivier 2015, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan

OLIV030
A classic Pessac-Leognan, big, robust and punchy but without any hard edges. We introduced this wine with the 2008 vintage which was a roaring success. This is several notches up and will prove to be a very canny purchase. When mature this will rival many of its more illustrious peers.
Type:
Vintage:
2015
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Genre:
ABV:
13%
Producer:
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Pessac-Léognan
Body:
Rich, bold and robust
Drinking Window:
Drink from 2020 through to 2032
Closure Type:
Cork
£35.99
 

Château Olivier

Château Olivier has been in the hands of the de Bethmann family since it was acquired by Alexandre de Bethmann in the late-19th century. The de Bethmann family are descended from German nobility, and grew into a successful banking dynasty, and so probably didn’t have any great shortage of funds; the acquisition of an attractive and ancient property such as Olivier was probably not much of a fiscal challenge, especially if we consider the family also owned Gruaud-Larose at one point, and their bank made a significant contribution towards the financing of the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

Tasting Notes

The fruit is perfectly ripe and tannins quite sumptuous.

Food Matches

Serve at 8°-10° with game, red meat, pork and cheese.

Vinification

Pre-fermentation maceration, alcoholic fermentation for 10-30 days at 25-30°C in small temperature-regulated truncated vats, aging for 12 months in barrels after malolactic conversion, addition of finings and filtration. Post-fermentation maceration at 25-30°C, with the length depending o the ripeness of the grapes, striving for refined extraction. Mal-lactic fermentation in barrels. Aging: 1/3 new barrels for 12 months. Bottlingis done entirely at the château