Chateau Haut Peyrous-Retour de Palombières-AOC Graves-Rouge
Product Code: 10047
Organic producer. A new classic from a famous French wine and food family. An old estate renewed and reborn. 4 excellent reviews from 4 independent wine writers: Jesse Lewis , Sean Mitchell, Regan Drew and Gary Walsh
The Haut Peyrous estate is owned by Marc Darroze the winemaker in the famous Darroze family of Gascony. He diversified from production of Bas Armagnacs to purchase this estate. His aim is to produce wines with lots of personality by making the most of the quality of the terroir on his estate. That’s why Marc has taken steps in order to obtain certification of his estate as an organic wine producer. Since June 2008, all work on the estate (soil, treatments), has been carried out in accordance with organic production criteria.
The soil is worked mechanically, and the grass growing between the rows enables humus to develop and encourages intense microbial activity in the soils. Any possible deficiencies in the soil are rectified gently and naturally, and the vines are treated with products authorised by organic farming criteria.
At 80m above sea level, the Haut Peyrous Estate is on the second terraces of the Garonne River, in the village of Mazère south of Langon, and 7km from the Garonne itself.
Grapes: Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and small amount Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Alcohol: 13.5 % VOL
Soil: The surface soil is made up of clay and loamy sand covered with pebbles, typical of this part of the appellation. The subsoil is also composed of sand with clays more or less deep, depending on the parcels.
Wine making: The long maceration period without massive extraction brought finesse to the wine, while maturing in oak barrels for one year helped to refine the tannins and to make the wine more complex. In 2009 new oak was used to emphasise the lovely fruit.
Cellaring Potential: Rich and soft now but will improve with 2-5 years in the cellar.
Our Tasting notes: Immediate complexity in nose with red fruits, chocolate and violets. Great mouth feel, round, complex and gorgeous. Lovely weight and fruit. Restrained tannins. Lovely minerals and spice of good Graves.
Jesse Lewis from Perth writes in his blog Sealed with Wax.
"Laid back and confident, it sports aromas of red plum, pencil shavings, redcurrant jelly and a light touch of gravy/meat juices. Again, restrained on the palate. This is not overripe or a concentrated wine. Not lacking in flavour either. There’s a minerality which leans towards ironstone and a coffee & tobacco-like finish that’s structured with enough tannins to support short-mid term cellaring.
Just what I felt like drinking tonight – nothing too bold or weak. A solid mid-weight red.
Very Good / 89 points"
Sean Mitchell writes independent wine reviews on his blog The Grape Observer.
"Chateau Haut-Peyrous is a blend of 65% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc rounded out with dashes of petit verdot and malbec. It presents as a classic left bank style of Bordeaux, with aromatics of cedar, cigar box and tobacco. Dry and balanced, the palate initially showed a firm, almost minerally acid line, and settled to nuanced expressions of red and black fruits, tobacco and cigar box. This is a well made Graves wine with a medium to long finish that will reward drinking now, and over the next five years. Good"
Gary Walsh writes for the independent review site The Wine Front.
"Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and small amount Petit Verdot and Malbec. Importer: DiscoverVin. Malty and meaty, plum and redcurrant, some earth and cedar. Medium bodied, gravelly and earthy with well rounded tannin, though they’re on the edge of being too drying for the volume of fruit. Glassy acidity on the finish. Pretty good.
Rated : 89 Points
Tasted : Jul13
Drink : 2013 - 2016+ "
Regan Drew in Vinonotebook October 2014
"Smells like Bordeaux. Tobacco and sweet ripe black and red fruits. Chary pencil ash, more tobacco and a slight meaty pong. Love the dusty, savoury tannins that give textural grip. Palate Bordeaux class, savoury black olive and blackcurrants and plums. Beautifully weighted on the palate and finishing medium to long that suggests it could handle a little more time in the cellar. Good value Bordeaux from Graves!"
Product Code: 10047