Château Doyac 2016 - A.O.C Haut-Médoc
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Dominated by 75% Merlot, this wine is rich and full bodied. Juicy black fruits and spice are balanced by acidity that gives a fresh aftertaste. The wine will age, drink from 2022.
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Acquired in 1998, this magnificent 30-hectare vineyard, almost in one piece on the limestone plateau, is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of the vineyard is 20 years old.Major renovations were carried out on the vineyards as well as on the cellars. Following the enlargement of the vineyard in 2009, Max de Pourtalès has built a new cellar and a new barrel cellar, to optimize the development of wine.

"My philosophy is not to make too much wines as the whole world can do ... but on the contrary, to obtain fine and elegant wines. That does not prevent to have matter, but it is necessary to respect the balance and the freshness, finally all that characterizes the great wines of Bordeaux "     

Max de Pourtalès

Terroir & vineyard 

The origins of the property are old, editions Féret already spoke in the edition of 1850: "Bordeaux and its wines". The vineyard, located on the clay-limestone part of the municipality of Saint Seurin de Cadourne, consists of beautiful rumps and slight slopes facing south. The soil structure is of sandy-clay type. This very limestone soil brings freshness and finesse, typical of the great wines of Bordeaux. Tillage and organic composting, while maintaining the balance of the soil, naturally have controlled yields and have also helped to promote underground life, without generating vigor for the vine. The reconstitution of an environment respectful of natural balances, becomes then an absolute priority for Max de Pourtalès. The replanting program since the acquisition of the property has led, due to the nature of the soil, to a grape variety with a strong dominant Merlot.

Knowledge of wine work

Max de Pourtalès has a very specific objective: to obtain a healthy and ripe grape. The valorization of the soil and the plant in its natural environment is made thanks to a so-called "reasoned" culture; all work and treatments carried out on the vines are done in an environmentally friendly way. A rigorous selection of products is made upstream and a precise choice takes place on the most ecological. Tillage and inputs of organic compost, while maintaining the balance of the soil, allow naturally to have mastered yields. Thus, Max de Pourtalès does not use any toxic products either for the vine or for the man and consequently, there is no residue in the wines which it produces.  Max de Pourtalès remains attentive to his soil, the plant in his environment: a natural whole treated with respect, accuracy and application.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Doyac
  • Type of wine
    Cru Bourgeois
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    34 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    20 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    25% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2022 and 2032
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Cru Bourgeois) from Haut-Médoc is made with a vineyard that has an area of 34 hectares by Château Doyac. The average age of the vines is 20 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 25% of new barrels.


The clearing and enhancement of the Médoc only dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. The wines of this region are quickly known and their fame crosses borders.The appellation is recognized by the decree of November 14, 1936, updated in December 2011.
The soils are mainly composed of gravels, that is to say a mixture of gravels and sands, with nuances given the extent of the appellation area and the presence of a clay-limestone subsoil outcropping very marginally.