Château Peyrabon 2009 is comprised of 71.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 25% Merlot, and a healthy 3.5% of low pH Petit Verdot. In the glass, the wine is nearly black at the center, with flashes of garnet just at the edge. Compelling aromas suggesting a wine of nearby Pauillac, including black currants, Mission figs, griotte cherries and graphite pencil shavings move in and out of the foreground, alternating with an amalgam of cured white tobacco, leaf smoke, and chanterelles. On entry, the wine is supple and generous, with a luscious confit of sun-warmed black fruit (more griotte cherries, black raspberries, and dried plums), lightly seasoned with allspice, eucalyptus, caramelized onion, and white pepper, which dissolves into echoes of the evolving nose. The texture has the silkiness of bottle age, with fully integrated, vibrant berry acidity, and the wine is infused with layers of supple, fully mature tannins. Drink now through its anticipated maturity of 2024—2030.
About this wine producer: This unusual estate, which straddles the boundary between the Haut-Médoc and the Pauillac appellations, dates to the construction of the château in 1766. By the late 1800s, the wine sold regularly for the same price as many of the Classified Growths. But the modern history of this remarkable estate began in 1998, when Patrick Bernard, of the négociant firm Millésima, purchased Peyrabon and embarked on an ambitious and expensive renovation of the vineyards and cellar. Forty hectares lie in the Haut-Médoc appellation, where the vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, with the balance made up of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Seven hectares in the Pauillac appellation are planted to 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot, and are separately vinified for the Pauillac Château La Fleur Peyrabon. Fermentation and malolactic of both this Haut-Médoc and the Pauillac are completed in stainless steel tanks, and the wine matures for 14 months in barriques, about half of which are new.
I don't enjoy bordeaux.
Purchased 10-3-19, $35. See Greg Moore's write up from that date. This is a decent French Bordeaux, but so overhyped by Greg Moore that I almost gave it 2 stars. Opened and split with Amy on 021421, at home with strip steaks. Tastes like wine. I saved a half glass to drink the next day to see if it became great, but alas, no.