2018 Cuvée du Château Puygueraud Francs
|Grapes||Malbec, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Côtes de Francs|
A blend of 50% Malbec, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot assembled in memory of George Thienpont who acquired Ch Puygueraud in 1946 and was a great fan of both Cabernet and Malbec. Whole-berry fermentation in concrete vats with pigeage and pumping over. Aged for 12 to 16 months in barriques (one-third new). 6,500 bottles produced.
Deep glossy crimson. Quite distinctive: all the gloss of a well-made right-bank red bordeaux but with Malbec's slightly sweet berry and gamey flavours. Very definitely more Bordeaux than Mendoza! Finishes just a little short but this would be a great gift for anyone called George (NB English, not French/Belgian spelling.) Drinking range: 2021 - 2024 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2021)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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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