In the heart of the Pauillac appellation, the wines by Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon showcase a great personality. On the left bank of Bordeaux, this estate has been brilliantly managed by Patrick Bernard since 1998, who puts great emphasis on producing elegant and refined wines, that reflect all the unique features of this great terroir.
This Cru Bourgeois comprises an almost 7-hectare vineyard in a very large Medoc terroir. The vines, which are 13 years old on average, are planted on sandy gravel with a clay subsoil and lead to the production of Pauillac wines that portray intense aromas and a seductive finesse.
Vinification and aging
The hand-picked grapes are sorted before and after destemming. Vinification is carried out in temperature-controlled concrete vats, along with pumping over, punching down of the cap and adapted delestage in order to encourage a gentle extraction. Maceration for approximately 21 days. The presses are consistently separated into barrels. Malolactic fermentation in barrels. The wine is aged for 14 months in barrels (of which 50% is new wood) and then fined in tanks.
This alluring Pauillac wine showcases a rich aromatic palette with violet, spice and roasted aromas combined with elegant and powerful tannins.
Unclassified growth cru bourgeois Pauillacs are rare indeed, and here is an awfully good one. Spicy oak, espresso and black currants jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, concentrated 2009, which is of classified growth quality. This sleeper of the vintage should drink well for at least a decade.