2016 Chateau Haut-La Pereyre

Year: 2016
Appellation: Bordeaux Superieur
Country: France
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.3%
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"A fabulous value from the genius of Claude Gros, the 2016 Haut La Pereyre comes from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and offers up a classic Bordeaux bouquet of black cherries, cassis, graphite, and tobacco leaf. Medium-bodied, elegant, and with building richness, you get a hell of a lot of wine for not much buck. Drink this pleasure-bent effort over the coming 4-5 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
This domainstarted life in 1881 in the prestigious, if small and under the radar, appellation of Haut-Benauge in Bordeaux’s Entre-Deux-Mersregion. It sold its wine in bulk to traders over the years until Olivier Cailleux’s parents began to estate bottle in 1974. Olivier himself was given the keys to the domaine in 1994; he is the sixth generation to manage the family affairs.Haut-Benaugerefers to the coveted high ground inland from the historic river town of Cadillac, which looks across the Garonne to the appellation of Graves. This hill country’s south-facing slopes and good drainage make for prime vineyard land and is why the sector was granted its own appellation in 1955.

All in all, he makes a range of wine under several labels: red, white, rosé, even crémant; sells in bottle, in bag-in-box, continues to sell some in bulk (to the négoc), and he attends wine fairs on weekends to hawk his wares direct to consumers. As such, he typifies the ranks of petits chateaux, the class of unheralded small farmers who account for so much of the wine made in Bordeaux.

There’s little in the way of bells and whistles to announce their wines, but they can be some of the best values in Bordeaux-and France-today.Olivier reserves 54of his 126acresfor the production of his two most important wines, the Haut-La Péreyre red andwhite. 22 hectares (54 acres) represent his finest terroirs. red varieties make up 39.5 acresand the white varieties constitute 14.5 acres, and all are farmed according to the pragmatic principals of lutte raisonnée, or reasoned fight (ie, one can spray synthetic treatments to protect against mildew and odium, but not blindly or without evident reason).