Chateau Brandeau, Bordeaux, France 2018
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Organic/natural – young winemaker – trailblazer in Bordeaux
Julien Voogt spent his formative years in the wine industry as a travelling winemaker. He would spend a vintage working, then use his savings to travel to all corners of the globe. This lifestyle eventually brought Julien, originally from Belgium, to Bordeaux, where he elected to settle down in order to further his winemaking studies. Having looked after a small biodynamic estate in St Emilion, in 2015 he was offered the chance, along with his wife Sophie, to take the reins at Château Brandeau – an estate that had been farmed organically for the previous 25 years.
Since 2015, Julien has developed 4 different cuvées following a minimal intervention philosophy and we are delighted to have been able to bring a trio of them to be enjoyed in Scotland.
His ‘Château Brandeau’ cuvee is a blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Franc (20%), that he believes offers the most accurate expression of his terroir. Handpicked from a 3 hectare area of vineyards, it is produced using a wild yeast fermentation and an extremely minimal addition of sulphites. After 6 months of ageing the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, giving a lively wine that is bursting with fresh acidity.
The resulting wine is full-bodied and brimming with ripe black fruit, with juicy natural acidity and fantastic length.