2016 Côtes de Francs
|Sub-district||Côtes de Bordeaux|
|Village||Côtes de Francs|
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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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, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
The 2016 Puygueraud is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec that was picked from 11-22 October. This was showing a little over-ripeness on the nose that just detracted from the delineation. The palate is chewy on the entry with plenty of black fruit, a little rustic in style with a slight attenuation towards the finish. I feel that the 2015 demonstrated more complexity last year. Let's see. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
The 2016 Puygueraud is unusually rich and dense in this vintage. Jammy blue/purplish fruit, spice, licorice and menthol flesh out in a soft, unctuous Côtes de Bordeaux endowed with depth and texture. Opulent and inviting, with no hard edges, the 2016 will drink well right out of the gate. Small berries produced an especially rich, deep Puygueraud. In a second tasting, the tannins were a bit more evident. The 2016 is an intense, fruit-driven, ripe Puygueraud. This is a stellar wine in its class. Tasted three times. Rating: 88-91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
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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