2009 Château Peybrun; Cadillac – Côtes de Bordeaux, France
As you know, we often hunt outside the prestigious appellations of Bordeaux in our search for quality and value. Here is another stellar find from a sustainably farmed property planted to Merlot (66%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), and the rest Cabernet Franc. Grown on steep south oriented slopes composed of chalky “terrefort” clay, this wine exhibits an attractive dark purple color and an engaging nose of ripe, freshly crushed black cherries and blackcurrants. An excellent value in moderately priced red wine, this cuvée, is fashioned from a blend of 66% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Cabernet Franc. The round, generous, expansive palate is packed with lovely berry fruit nuanced with cherries, blackcurrants, loamy earth, and kirsch. Potential for enjoyment over the next 3-5 years is there, but this is hard to resist now! We just received our last shipment of this wine, so if you missed it when we offered it in the fall of 2011 do not tarry as it will sell out quickly.
“Peybrun has been in my family for four centuries and has always produced very high quality sweet and red wines. In 1985, my father, who has enlarged and replanted the vineyard, died, so I left the Law and dived into our vats! And that’s how my passion began. On these wonderful steeps hills”, quotes Catherine de Loze owner and wine grower. To be precise, family archives dating back to 1543 have been found in the house! Château Pebrun’s terroir, made of steep south and south-west exposed slopes on limestone and chalky-clayey soils, nestled between the Cadillac and Loupiac Appellations, enjoys a truly unique, – unbelievable – non obscured view over the Dordogne and up to the Cap-Ferret lighthouse when the weather is clear.
The 12 acres of red vines beautifully tended and belonging to Château Peybrun, are located around the small village of Gabarnac, and do benefit from a natural drainage and a full southern exposure. Yields never exceed 40 hl/ha and after visiting the vineyard’s location once, it is easy enough to figure out the fabulous potential and expression that this unique but rare property offers.
$19.99 per bottle or $203.90/case ($16.99)