When Luc Schweitzer was joined by his two sons Richard and Ludovic at the estate, he wanted to embrace this new chapter in the family history and launched in 2016 a special cuvée from Château Bourdieu called "Absolu". This top-of-the-range cuvée is the best of what their terroir has to offer. The 35 year-old facing south vines benefit from a meticulous care: regular maintenance of the soil, yield control, manual leaf stripping, sorting of the berries - all practices that ensure the quality of this great Bordeaux wine.
A deep garnet color with magnificent purple highlights. The nose is intense and full, revealing notes of ripe black fruits and subtle hints of vanilla and roasted coffee. Great structure with finesse and tannic density that brings depth and length to the mouth. The aromatic purity of the perfectly ripened grape varieties is magnified by the complex and subtle oak flavors.
Rib of grilled beef and tournedos Rossini - butter pan-fried beef filet served on a crouton, and topped with a hot slice of fresh foie gras.
"A rich, opulent wine, this is full of dark tannins and powerful fruit. It's a big wine, with licorice and dense wood flavors that give a smoky character and reflect some serious extraction. The wine needs to smooth out to showcase its concentrated richness. Drink from 2024. - Roger VOSS"
- Wine Enthusiast (May 2021), 91 pts
"A juicy, ripe red with plum and berry character, some round tannins and a juicy finish. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (January 2021), 90 pts
"A hidden little gem, the 2018 Château Bourdieu Absolu has impressive ripe black cherry and tobacco notes as well as medium to full-bodied richness, a rounded, seamless texture, some firm tannins, and a great finish. This cuvée is normally a fruit bomb, but it shows more elegance and purity in 2018. It's ideal for enjoying over the coming decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2021), 90 pts
Chateau Bourdieu is owned by Mr. Luc Schweitzer, who purchased the property in 1993. He used to pass the estate on his way to school as a young boy, and ...