2012 Château Peyros "Vieilles Vignes" Madiran
Abundant, ripe, fresh red berry and perfumed blueberry laced with rich, dark plum aromas, lead to a beautifully textured, rounded palate packed with heady black fruit, delicate smoke and fine grained tannins.
The wine comes from rocky soil at the southern end of the Madiran appellation. It is an impressive tructured wine, dark with tannins and with rich perfume. The wine is still aging with its structure very much intact. The black fruits are full and rich. Drink this wine from 2019. (RV)
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. 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.