Vines have been grown on this estate since the beginning of the 20th century, but became the main cultivation in 1975, right after the SECRET family left the Picardie region to settle down in the Médoc. Three generations have succeeded each other with the same desire to produce wines from the Médoc region. After his arrival, Grandfather Pierre Secret revived a vineyard which had disappeared and vinified high quality wines. His two eldest sons created their own winegrowing enterprises, but it is his youngest son Bruno who takes over the estate in 1990 and works to build this cru’s reputation until the 2007 vintage.
Grandsons Guillaume and Thibaud joined Hubert and Didier Secret in the GAEC (grouping of joint enterprises) which now produces Château Bournac. They share different responsibilities; Didier and Guillaume work the vines, Hubert vinifies Château La Chandellière (another of their wines) and Thibaud oversees Château Bournac, but all decisions are made together.
Recognized for its quality, this family run estate totaling 20 hectares is situated between the ocean and the Garonne River. It benefits from a very favorable climate ideal for wine growing. Total surface of the vineyard is 45 hectares that of Bournac is 14 hectares. The density per hectare is 5050 plants. The more than 35-year-old vines produce a wine full of black fruit, and a good balance between fruit, soft tannins and the subtle, velvety oak. Soil and sub-soil are of clay and chalk.
Grape varieties: Cabernet sauvignon 60%, Merlot noir 40%
Average age of the vines: 41 years
90 Points – James Suckling
Color: Deep garnet red.
Nose: Loads of fruit, black currant and cassis. Quite smoky with spice.
Palate: Medium-bodied, attractive and luscious. Good clarity, natural sweetness and depth. To enjoy now or to be kept for another 10 years.