2016 Chateau Puygueraud

Year: 2016
Appellation: Cotes de Francs
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 86
Vinous Media: 86
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 87
Jeff Leve: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"This has a good juicy core of red currant and damson plum fruit flecked with mouthwatering savory and tobacco notes through the finish. Drink now through 2022. 14,166 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Puygueraud comes bursting out of the glass with notions of red and black currants, blackberries and dried Provence herbs with a hint of charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy, it has a good core of fruit and a savory finish." (WA)

"The 2016 Puygueraud has a slightly pinched bouquet that needs some aeration to loosen up. It doesn’t quite flow like some of the other Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux that I have tasted. The palate is medium-bodied with quite rustic, grainy tannin, and a slight metallic tincture detracts from the saline/briny finish." (VM)

"This is so good! I want to drink it now. Iodine, mushrooms, dark fruit and orange peel on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, yet polished and fresh. Lovely tension A blend of 80 per cent merlot, 15 per cent cabernet franc and five per cent malbec." (JS)

"From the team of David Suire and Nicolas Thienpont, the 2016 Château Puygueraud is Merlot-dominated, yet has 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. It has plenty of blue fruits, graphite, and some minerality as well as medium body, a fresh, clean, silky texture, and moderate length. It’s a well-made, charming, delicious wine to drink over the coming 5-7 years." (JD)

"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)

"Lots of fresh, sweet, ripe, flowers and black raspberry notes on the nose. On the palate, the wine has sweet fruits, soft tannins and a ripe, fresh, fruity finish. I'm sure this is the best vintage of Puygueraud ever produced! 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. 3052 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017" (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.