In a nutshell: A rich and smooth St-Emilion from one of the best vintages this century.
The lowdown: New owners acquired this estate in the 1990s and Boutisse has gone from strength to strength since, with a key focus on sustainable viticulture leading to the present situation where no herbicides are used in the vineyard. One of the best value Grand Cru Saint-Emilions Boutisse is classically Merlot dominated but with, reasonably uncommonly for Saint-Emilions, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend as well. 2016 was a great vintage with grapes reaching optimum maturity. Full bodied with depth of flavour and great structure. Ripe red fruits with notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg spice with velvety tannins and a long length. Has reached its early drinking window but will age for another decade.
When to drink: A classic accompaniment to red meat, game dishes, and hard cheese.
Chateau Boutisse was established in 1783 by the king's geographer engineer, Pierre de Belleyme, the estate has spanned the centuries, between stonework and viticulture.
Since 1996, the year of its acquisition, Xavier Milhade has ensured its sustainability. His children, Elodie and Marc, continue to develop the business commercially and qualitatively while respecting traditional values.
The efforts made over several years have made it possible to position Chateau Boutisse among the best Saint-Emillion Grand Cru.