CLOS LE BREGNET: “2010, 2011 AND 2012 ARE VERY NICE WINES”.
THE CLOS LE BREGNET FINISHED AS THE SEMI-FINALIST OF THE 2015 COUPE DES CRUS DE SAINT-EMILION, IN THE “SAINT-EMILION” CATEGORY.
This wine by the Coureau family has reached this stage of the competition for the second time in four years. A pride for its winemaker David Coureau, who made questioning a tool of progress.
2010, 2011 AND 2012: THREE VINTAGES IN COMPETITION
For this 2015 Coupe des Crus de Saint-Emilion, the candidates were judged on 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages. A competition even more difficult as these years had opposite weather conditions. In the bottle, each vintage has a strong character. “These are three completely different wines and three very nice wines”, says David Coureau. The winemaker says that: “2010 is a great vintage. This structured and powerful wine is a wine par excellence and to be kept”.
Compared to 2010, the Clos Le Bregnet 2011 was harder to make: “This is a year where we had a little more yield. It took control of the vineyard. It is a lighter wine, more flexible and has a very nice fruity potential”. Finally, the last wine presented to the jury, 2012 is a compromise between the two previous vintages: “a beautiful structure, a lot of finesse, roundness and a very nice fruit”. While the 2010 is “still a little closed”, the 2012 is “already very nice”, says the winemaker.
CLOS LE BREGNET, THE "LEG" OF DAVID COUREAU
The Head of Clos le Bregnet, David Coureau joined the family business about fifteen years ago. Four years ago, the château had already reached the semi-finals of the Coupe des Crus Saint-Emilion: “It’s a little pride, I hope we will succeed one day in taking the final step and perhaps win”. To explain this regularity, David Coureau highlights the work and perseverance: “we try to challenge ourselves every year. This is not easy because when a vintage is successful we think we’ve found the right solution.
But if we did the same thing it does not work necessarily. It needs juggling, taking risks and finding a balance”. For this, David Coureau changed his way of producing wine for a few years: “my parents were making fruity wine, a little lighter. I went a bit against the grain. I tend to make a bit more structured and tannic wines“. Well-rounded and flexible wines, cheered by the tasters at the Coup des Crus de Saint Emilion. “It is rewarded, great. With our wines, we seek above all to give pleasure to people”.