About the Wine
Winemaking at Château Peyfaures harks back to the early 1800’s a time before modern, large-scale productions, favoring instead the techniques used by the countless generations that originally brought fame to the region. Grapes are gently crushed in a traditional basket press to emphasize aromatics and avoid harsh green notes. Because terroir is about more than simply grapes and soil, spontaneous fermentation is encouraged, utilizing the natural, indigenous wild-yeast found in the winery rather than adding a culture formulated in a lab. The wines are a product of confidence, the acknowledgement of how little must be done to allow the fruit to shine. Minimal manipulations allow excellent vineyards to show their unique character. The varied soils on the gentle slopes facing the top sites of Saint Emilion give the resulting wines a layered complexity.
Black as a moonless night in the center, with a carmine glow on the edges.
Big, bold black cherries macerated in cinnamon, with a mineral undertone.
Chocolatey blackberries and cassis, with nuances of charming torrefaction.
Complex on the expressively long finale, deftly balanced acidity and tannin.
Mature hard cheeses, or a regional specialty like Entrecôte à la Bordelaise.
What the Winery Says
Chateau Peyfaures 2015 opens with a dark reddish-purple hue and aromas of ripe cherry and brown spice. Rich and medium-bodied, this blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc combines mouth-filling flavors of cherry and blackberry with notes of cinnamon, licorice and sweet herbs for a balanced and well-integrated taste. Linear acidity marries with succulent fruit flavors for a long, silky finish.
Another beautiful vintage for the ages. Our clay soils provided a cooling effect to counterbalance the warmth of vintage, giving our wines balance and depth. We used a higher proportion of Cabernet Franc as well because it was able to ripen more fully than in years past, so the wines have an added level of gravelly minerality to complement the opulence of the Merlot.
This is certainly a wine that will be long-lived. For early drinking be sure to decant, but nothing will be more rewarding than patience in the cellar.