2015 Chateau Puygueraud

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cotes de Francs
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88-90
Vinous Media: 88
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 88--Jeff Leve: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Lively, with a light brambly hint throughout, while damson plum, raspberry and bitter cherry notes dart to and fro. The sleek finish has juniper and savory hints for added energy. Drink now through 2021. 12,500 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"The 2015 Puygueraud was picked between September 28 and October 13, and is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. It was a little reduced on the nose at first, though it cleared to reveal stony blackberry fruit, quite "airy" and lifted. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, fresh and lively, a pleasant mineral core already tangible with a brisk, fresh, crisp finish. This is a little delight." (WA)

"The 2015 Puygueraud is a plump, delicious wine. Dark cherry, plum, new leather and chocolate are nicely pushed forward in this succulent, racy Merlot-based red. Silky tannins, a host of floral/savory aromatics and plush fruit add to the wine's appeal. The blend is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Tasted two times. " (VM)

"A dense and layered red that is tight and focused with blackberries, currants and blueberries. Pure. Full body, superfine tannins and a long finish. Sophisticated. Best ever. Drink in 2020 but already beautiful." (JS)

"This 60-40 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris is a tightly textured wine with hints of minerality as well as citrus and grapefruit. The wine is crisp, bright in the mouth and packed with attractive final acidity. This estate is the home of Bordeaux producer Nicolas Thienpont." (WE)

"With an earthy, clay and dark, red plum nose, the wine is forward, sweet and round in character. Produced from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, the wine has length, character and charm.89 points - Tasted Apr 29, 2016" (JL)

Winery Notes:
The property was acquired by George Thienpont in 1946 and he subsequently replanted it with vines towards the end of the 1970’s. Since 1983 his son, Nicolas, has been responsible for the winemaking. Chateau Puygueraud has since become the benchmark wine for the Cotes de Francs and a reference for the renewal of this still little-known appellation.

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