90 Points (18/20 – France de Vin) – This 1.2-hectare vineyard in Pauillac stands next to the 5th growth grand cru classé’s of Chateau Batailley, and across the road from Château Grand Puy Lacoste, on soil worthy of a classified growth. The yield here is around 32 hl/ha and the vineyard is planted in equal measure of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 56% Cabernet sauvignon in the blend. The entire batch of their Pauillac parcels is aged in new French oak barrels under the label Château Les Landes de Cach. The result is a superb wine from exceptional soils and winemakers.
Château de Cach has a long and diverse history. Originally a wine-producing property, it had its vines uprooted in 1934 due to the financial crisis of 1929. The property was purchased in 1938 by the Rioux family, breeders of dairy cows, they also cultivated wheat and potatoes until 1972.
It wasn’t until 1979 when Henry Musso purchased the land from the Rothschild family that Château de Cach began to be restored to its former glory. The Domaine is located in the Haut Medoc appellations; Moulis, and Pauillac.
It took Henry Musso years of hard work, dedication, persistence, and sacrifice but in 1982 he produced and bottled his first wine. Since 1979 Henry has dedicated his life to the property and has passed on his passion for the vine and the land itself to his two daughters. Today Hélène, Henry Musso’s youngest daughter runs things, she relies heavily on the knowledge she attained from her father as well as guidance from wine consultant, Cedric Moreau. It so happens that Mr. Moreau is the president of the Bordeaux wine quality control organization, Qualibordeaux. Therefore, we can be sure that everything is done by the book and beyond. Sharing the Musso family’s love of all things equine, Cedric also owns Chateau du Hâ and favors micro-oxygenation to make wines which are aged in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks. This method results in wines that one would believe were barrel-aged. Meaning, they keep and emphasize their elegance without overpowering them with oak.