Enjoy classic blackcurrant and leaf notes in this claret from a tiny estate just north of the Haut-Médoc. Smooth, with fruit-forward appeal and classic structure, it can be drunk now, but will be even finer with ageing. Lovely ripeness and depth.
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Cassis and hints of mint. Generous with a smooth tannic structure
Intense cassis, leaf, pencil lead, with tobacco and liquorice
Château Peybourdieu is exactly the type of small, under the radar property we love to champion. It also illustrates Robert Parker’s advice not to “overlook the so-called petits vins of Bordeaux – they frequently compete with wines selling for two or three times the price”. Winemaker Denis Cayé is the third generation of his family at the property and his years of experience are evident in this fine 2020 vintage. The estate lies just north of the Haut-Médoc, between the Atlantic and Gironde estuary, protected from strong winds by forest. A classic Médoc blend of Cabernet and Merlot, it delivers rich blackcurrant, earthy hints and a liquorice and cigar box character. Open early and decant. It's excellent with roast meats or a hearty bake.
"2020 certainly had its trials, but it was a great vintage for Bordeaux. This is a fine, ripe Médoc"
Jennie Perry Buyer