Dating back to the 17th century, Château Bouscaut is the largest vineyard in the Graves commune of Cadaujac, and has been a Graves Cru Classé since 1953. In 1979, it was bought by the far-sighted Lucien Lurton, whose family also owns several other impressive Bordeaux properties, such as Brane-Cantenac in Margaux and Château Climens in Barsac.
The 1990s saw many major improvements to the Bouscaut estate, such as extensive vineyard replanting and installing a new barrel maturation room and concrete tank room, and in 1999 the family also purchased the neighbouring property, Lamothe-Bouscaut . Since 2005, the properties have been run by Lucien's daughter Sophie and her husband Laurent Cogombles, and with unassuming charm they have made Bouscaut an original wine well worth following.
The red is slightly unusual for Graves in that - at 55% - merlot makes up the majority of the blend. The remainder is 40% cabernet sauvignon and 5% malbec, and the wine is aged for 18 months in oak, just under half of which is new oak. This rich, full-flavoured red can be enjoyed from five years of age and will continue to mature for fifteen years, sometimes longer.
The white - a 50/50 split between semillon and sauvignon blanc, which matures for 12 months in 40% new oak - also repays keeping.
Lamothe-Bouscaut, which produces both a red and a white, has become the second wine. The 9ha of vines here have an average age of 30 years. The white has a high percentage of semillon, and the red is - like Bouscaut - predominantly merlot.