« With L’Esprit de Bordeaux, Jacques Boyd brings art de vivre to the fore and consumers rediscover the pleasure of wine drinking. »
Mr. Jacques Boyd, an Irishman by birth, was an eighteenth-century squire in the region. In 1754 he purchased Boyd Cantenac, an estate acquired in 1806 by John Lewis Brown, united by marriage with the Boyd family. The Guillemet family entered the picture at this 3rd Cru Classé in 1932, determined to promote the estate’s reputation to new heights. This 17 hectare vineyard, is enviably located on the Cantenac plateau, on gravelly outcrops yielding wines of remarkable elegance and finesse, and is the biggest producer in the Margaux appellation.
If Boyd-Cantenac has earned a reputation as a benchmark for Margaux wines, it is in no small part thanks to the winemaking philosophy implemented by Lucien Guillemet, where balance is the key to quality. For Lucien every step of the vine-tending process, from pruning through to the harvest, is an exercise in meticulous care. As he puts it, “we need grapes which are healthy and ripe, but not too ripe.” For Lucien Guillemet a truly great wine combines complexity, power and elegance in a balance which is never too strong or expressive, not “a wine you could eat with a knife and fork.” Lucien’s greatest contribution to the process comes at the blending stage, a crucial time where nothing is left to chance.Lucien Guillemet, as proprietor and manager of his own estate, attaches great significance to the vine-tending methods which produce his grapes, and thus his wines. The freedom to choose these methods gives winemakers room to be creative, independently of passing trends and of constraints that owners from other horizons often impose on their technical teams.
Lucien Guillemet, propriétaire de son vignoble, attache une grande importance à la méthode de viticulture qui conditionne le raisin, et donc le vin. Avoir une certaine liberté dans le choix de cette méthode donne un espace de création, et permet de produire un vin assez personnel tout en étant de grande qualité.
Jacques Boyd, the second wine of Château Boyd-Cantenac, bears the estate’s familiar hallmarks of elegance and finesse. The fruit is processed plot by plot, to preserve the individual fruit profile of certain plots which will blend well with other, more concentrated fruit. Jacques Boyd is lighter and fruitier than its big brother, but with no less elegance or finesse. This wine can be enjoyed young, but also has the potential to age well for up to ten years.