2016 Côtes de Francs

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Côtes de Bordeaux
Village Côtes de Francs
ABV 13.5%

80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. With Alcée and La Prade, one of a trio of lesser reds from Nicolas Thienpont which impressed this year. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 88-90 L&S (Apr 2017)

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80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Still quite crimson! Good build and a hint of molasses, as well as lots of tannin! Still quite youthful. 14.5% Drinking range: 2023 - 2027 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Oct 2023)

From the team of David Suire and Nicolas Thienpont, the 2016 Château Puygueraud is Merlot-dominated, yet has 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. It has plenty of blue fruits, graphite, and some minerality as well as medium body, a fresh, clean, silky texture, and moderate length. It’s a well-made, charming, delicious wine to drink over the coming 5-7 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 87 Jeb Dunnuck, (Feb 2019)

Ripeness is pushed to the edge in the 2016 Puygueraud. Black cherry, plum, chocolate , spice and licorice are all pushed forward in this fleshy, succulent Côtes de Bordeaux. Dense and powerful, the 2016 packs a serious punch. I would give the 2016 another year or two in bottle to see if the tannins soften a bit. Today, the 2016 is a bit hard for a wine meant for near and mid-term drinking, but a bit of cellaring should help. Nicolas Thienpont gave the 2016 12-14 months of aging, 80% in barrel and 20% in cement. Tasted three times. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 89 Antonio Galloni, (Jan 2019)

Château Puygueraud

The Côtes de Francs, an appellation dating only from 1967, is to the east of Saint Emilion, and is the smallest of the Bordeaux appellations at a mere 450 hectares. Georges Thienpont. who arrived here from Oudenaarde in Flanders in 1946, was responsible for the revival of the Côtes de Francs appellation which is dominated by Château Puygueraud. Georges began the replanting of the vineyards in the 1970s and the first wine was produced in 1983. Georges' son Nicolas, who is also responsible for La Prade, Pavie Macquin, Larcis Ducasse and the white wine Les Charmes Godard, has made the wine here ever since. His cousins run Vieux Château Certan, Le Pin, and l’If, so this property is nothing if not well-connected. Château Puygueraud is mainly Merlot with, however, a proportion of Cabernet that is quite high for the region as well as a touch of Malbec with its peppery character. In 2005, all the Cabernet Sauvignon was pulled up and Cabernet Franc was planted instead. This variety is better suited to the terroir of the Cotes de Francs, and gives a distinctive aromatic brightness and definition to the wines. Château Lauriol is principally the second wine of Château Puygueraud, made from the younger vines. It is also more gently oaked and is ready to drink younger, and very ‘digestible’ wine.

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