2009 Chateau Puygueraud
currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, earth, green and mocha
violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, spice, currant and cherry
The 2009 Bordeaux you should be buying by the case.
-"A knock-out" - Robert Parker
The wine offered below is a flat out amazing value made by the Thienpont family. Think owners of Vieux Chateau Certan and Le Pin, but also winemakers at Pavie Macquin, Larcis Ducasse, Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse.
3 of their wines had 100 points in 2009! Take a look:
- Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 - 100 JS / 99 Parker / 97 WS
- Le Pin 2009 - 100 Parker / 99 JS / 98 WS
- Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse 2009 - 100 Parker / 95 WS
- Larcis Ducasse 2009 - 96 Parker
- Pavie Macquin 2009 - 96 JS / 95 WS / 92+ RP (94-96+ en primeur)
- Chateau Puygueraud 2009 - 92 JS / 90 RP - Offered Today
The momentum of the 100 points has been passed along to the other brands, including Chateau Puygueraud offered below, which represents the value side of their offerings.
This is Nicolas Thienpont’s property. He owns it.
The property is located in the Cotes de Franc appelation, and is widely responsible for the increase of notoriety of this relatively unknown appelation. As Parker stated in the past "This Thienpont-owned vineyard was one of the first to make noise from what was a totally unknown appellation - Cotes de Francs”
The property is 27 hectares planted with an average of 40 year old vines with the following cepages: 70% Merlot, 25% cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. The property was completely replanted in the early 1970s. Nicolas Thienpont has been running this property and making wine there since 1983.
The soil is clay and limestone, with chalky subsoils. This is the kind of terroir that is doing very well in warmer years, because it is bringing full maturity to the grapes but is still keeping some great freshness and acididity to the wines. This explains why the Puygueraud 2009 was such a success.
The wine is the collaboration of Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont - who also work together at Pavie Macquin, Larcis Ducasse - two properties whose quality was really turned around since the arrival of these two! (early 1990s for Pavie Macquin, 2003 for Larcis Ducasse).
This is an outright steal for the money! Enjoy it while it lasts!