2015 Puygueraud, Côtes de Francs (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1255354 94 points James Suckling

 A dense and layered red that is tight and focused with blackberries, currants and blueberries. Pure. Full body, superfine tannins and a long finish. Sophisticated. Best ever. Drink in 2020 but already beautiful.  (2/2018)

90 points Decanter

 The leading player in the appellation. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with 5% Malbec. Lovely aromatic expression – blueberry and dark fruit notes. Sweet fruited palate with a touch of oak present. Fine, rounded tannins and a firm, chalky finish. Fine ageing potential.  (4/2016)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Puygueraud was picked between September 28 and October 13, and is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. It was a little reduced on the nose at first, though it cleared to reveal stony blackberry fruit, quite 'airy' and lifted. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, fresh and lively, a pleasant mineral core already tangible with a brisk, fresh, crisp finish. This is a little delight. (NM)  (4/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Lively, with a light brambly hint throughout, while damson plum, raspberry and bitter cherry notes dart to and fro. The sleek finish has juniper and savory hints for added energy. Drink now through 2021. (JM)  (3/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Rich and round - very punchy. Lots of friendly attack. Maybe not for the long term but a sure-fire crowd pleaser. *Good Value* (JR)  (4/2016)


 The 2015 Puygueraud is a plump, delicious wine. Dark cherry, plum, new leather and chocolate are nicely pushed forward in this succulent, racy Merlot-based red. Silky tannins, a host of floral/savory aromatics and plush fruit add to the wine's appeal. The blend is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Tasted two times. (AG)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2016 | Send Email
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A fantastic value from Nicolas Thienpont. 60% Merlot. Very spicy and sexy on the palate. Right up there with their 2009.
Drink from 2018 to 2026

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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