2011 Château Peyros Tannat-Cabernet Madiran

SKU #1273358 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* This ripe wine with open fruits has 40% Cabernet Franc in the blend, which lends an attractive perfumed character and gives the wine rich character and fruitiness. It will age for a few more years and be ready to drink from 2017. (RV)  (2/2016)

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Chateau Peyros is a 17th century estate situated in the souther part of Madiran. In 1999, Jean Jacques Lesgourgues bought the estate and began the process of modernizing and revitalizing this historic property. The Chateau sits atop soils of clay and limestone where the vineyards 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 "Tradition" is a blend of 60% Tannat and 40% Cabernet Franc with an average vine age between 40-50 years. The wine spends about 12 months in a mix of tanks and oak barrels before it is bottled. Full of the classic power of the region, this is still an approachable and inviting version of the mouthfilling wines of Madiran.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2016 | Send Email
Finding a polished and open Tannat based wine can be quite the struggle. The Chateau Peyros is just the answer. The wine is made in a mix of vessels: tank, to preserve freshness, and oak, allowing some oxygenation to soften those often burly tannins. This leads to a wine that is supple and raring to go, with notes of grilled meats, black currants and that signature thread of lead pencil/graphite running through the middle. Immediately appealing, this will drink for several years and pair beautifully with all those hearty stews and braises we've been craving all year.

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