2003 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1090269 89 points Wine Enthusiast

 Under the ownership of Patrick Bernard (same family as the owners of Domaine de Chevalier), this is an up-and-coming estate that makes fine wines. This 2003 is particularly rich, a solid, generously tannic wine that has excellent ripe black fruits, sweet tannins and tarry flavors.  (5/ 2006)

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This wine is super delicious (and completely unknown)! (Clyde Beffa, Jr., K&L)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/1/2012  | Send Email
Château Peyrabon sits just west of the town of Pauillac and is owned by Patrick Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier. The nose is seductive, with rich black fruit and a touch of creosote. The palate is sweet and ripe, filled with tons of black fruit, spice and a slight smoky-tarry flavor. The wine is still sturdy, with some tannins showing, but it’s mostly fleshy and voluptuous. This is great for California wine fans.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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