Ch La Peyruche "Tradition" Bdx Rouge 18
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The gorgeous vineyards of Chateau La Peyruche piqued my interest for a number of reasons, most importantly, the three distinct terroirs of the estate -- clay-gravel, red gravel, and clay-limestone. The farm, complete with a vineyard that spans 20 hectares, features a picture-perfect location in the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, midway between Cadillac and the city of Bordeaux, on the slopes that look out over the Garon Valley.
The farm dates back to the Middle Ages and was originally owned by a member of the Montesquieu family -- a famous free lord, statesman, and philosopher. Current owner Bertrand Weisgerber and his family have been in charge since they purchased the estate in 2017.
The winery features cutting-edge modern technology; however, the rest of the property feels more like a farming estate from the eighteenth century. Diversification is a top priority, and the property continues to practice a traditional program of polyculture, including vineyards, vegetables, fruit trees, beekeeping, and even raising cattle. La Peyruche's biodiversity and farming practices earned them HEV (High Environmental Value) status, allowing their wines to be recognized as BIO-CERT in 2021.
Saint-Emilion is well-known among Bordeaux enthusiasts; however, some of its satellite districts form the lesser-known Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. This satellite appellation is packed with tiny, independent estates that are the perfect place to hunt for the best value in Bordeaux.
Côtes de Bordeaux is the fourth largest AOC for red wine in France and stretches along the Right Bank of Bordeaux, between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. Its 950 producers are responsible for producing half a million hectoliters of wine annually, equivalent to one out of every ten bottles produced in Bordeaux.
Although there are certainly exceptions, Merlot is the region's primary grape. Merlot is a close genetic relative of Cabernet Sauvignon; however, since it ripens a little earlier than Cab, it's more perfectly suited to the Right Bank climate and is an ideal fit for the region's soil structure.
In your glass, La Peyruche Rouge is a perfect example of the nuance and finesse that wines from this AOC present at bargain prices. Its medium-bodied expression of 100% Merlot is packed with a melange of red and black fruits -- cherry, black raspberry, and red plum. The fruit is aptly balanced by gently-firm, ripe tannins that will hold up to any steak and yield nicely to burgers and lighter fare. Notes of tobacco leaf, cinnamon and a whisper of coffee bean float through the finish.
From winemaker David Sarry:
Our "tradition" cuvée has been vinified and matured to bring you fruitiness and roundness. The nose reveals blackcurrant and blackberry aromas enhanced by spicy notes. On the palate, our "Tradition" vintage reveals supple tannins and a round finish.