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93 Points: A Top-Selling French Red at an Unbeatable Price - 02/12/2018 - French Regional Wines

When we offered the 2012 version of the Peyros Vieilles Vignes Madiran, it took off in no time, which given its strong press and sharp price it’s not hard to see why. Given this success, we’ve gone ahead and doubled down on the 2013 vintage, as we (and the critics) find it equally good, if not better. For fans of bold, structured reds, this Madiran hits all its marks perfectly. A blend of Tannat and Cabernet Franc, this southern French red is strikingly sophisticated given its dark and penetrating profile. Sourced from vines of 40 to 50 years in age,its reveals a stunning range of flavors, including black plum, coffee bean, wet stone, and subtle savory spice. When it comes to age-worthy reds of this caliber, one might expect to pay $30 or more, but we have this charmer for a mere $16.99. This is a lot of wine for that price and is a key reason why we love lesser known regions like Madiran so much. If you are looking to pop the cork sooner rather than later, we recommend a good decanting and pairing this big boy with heartier fare. Or lay it down for 10 to 20 years to allow the tannins to soften and a whole new set of flavors to emerge. If the pace at which we sold the 2012 is any indicator, we don’t expect the 2013 to be around long, so don’t delay in picking up your bottles today.

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2013 Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes ($16.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Vines up to 50-years-old are the basis of this rich and tannic wine. While it does have some age, it still has a way to go. Big bold tannins show strongly along with ripe black-plum skins. The wood aging has given this wine a smooth elegant edge that contrasts with the still young fruitiness. Drink from 2021. (RV)" (07/2017)

K&L Notes: Chateau Peyros is a 17th century estate situated in the southern part of Madiran. In 1999, Jean Jacques Lesgourgues bought the estate and began the process of modernizing and revitalizing this historic property. Peyros, which means "stony place," sits atop soils of clay and limestone but the vineyards themselves are covered in the large rolled stones (galets roules) left after the last ice age. The 20 hectares of the estate are farmed sustainably, utilizing organic treatments while a herd of sheep walk around the property from May through October grazing the grasses between the rows of the vines and creating manure for enriching the soil. The Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc with an average vine age between 40-50 years. The wine spends about 12 months in oak barrels (about 40% new) before it is bottled. This is no shy Madiran. It is full of the power and texture that one associates with the region. With some decanting it is absolutely appropriate with rich dishes of sausage, duck confit and rustic pâtés.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

The amazing Tannat-derived wines of Madiran could almost be thought of as medicine, as they contain the highest levels of cardiovascular-enhancing anthocyaninsthink resveratrol of any wines. Take heart, as they also possess the added appeal of being absolutely delicious. Peyros is an aromatic, deeply-structured wine, replete with flavors of black plums, cocoa powder, spices and fresh roasted coffee, with plenty of stony minerality to boot. Being primarily Tannat, tannins are still present, but with a few years behind it, this wine is crushed velvet on the finish. Uncork and enjoy with a soulful, wintry beef stew!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I am falling in love with the wines of Madiran. There has been so much forward progression in the making and styling of these wines, it is hard to keep up. I'm not the only one either. Fans of fuller bodied reds from Bordeaux, Cahors and even California are finding a lot to like here. We have had tremendous success with a few noteworthy producers but for cost to quality, no one beats Peyros. Densely packed, velvety structrue, deep dark fruit and tons of graphite minerality are just a few of my notes when tasting the old vine Peyros. The small percentage of Cabernet Franc adds a little polish but the wine never loses its focus on its Tannat roots. This is bold and savory wine that is at its most harmonious with lush charcuterie, grilled sausages and of course, my favorite winter treat - Cassoulet!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 07, 2018

A blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cab Franc, the Peyros is one of the most interesting under French reds we have right now. I find touches of charcoal and black fruit on the nose with just a hint of leather. On the palate there is an incredibly pure fruit expression--you could draw similarities to Bordeaux or Chinon, but it has a thing all its own going on. With really mighty tannins, it is highly structured. This is pretty good right now, great, in fact, for the price. But you could just as easily sit on this and watch it evolve into something really special.