Château Peyrabon, Haut Médoc, 2018

  Château Peyrabon

We have been following Peyrabon for a few years now. This estate that straddles the boarder of Pauillac and Haut Medoc produces good honest wines at a very fair price. Olivier and Anne Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier now own this property, so the future looks bright. The 2018 is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. This is uncomplicated, well measured and very pleasing. There's good density of fruit, quite gravelly and Médocain with a nice sweetness to the mid palate. There's plenty of structure too, so indications are that this will happily cellar for 10 plus years. Should be good value.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Peyrabon

This Cru Bourgeios estate has vineyards in the appellations of Haut Medoc and Pauillac. They bottle a Pauillac under the label of ‘Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon’ and an Haut Medoc under ‘Chateau Peyrabon’. The property has been owned by the wine-merchant Patrick Bernard since 1998.

Appellation: Haut Médoc

The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.