Peyrabon

Our very first Bordeaux offer of 2018 was one of our most popular of the year. It was one of a couple of wines this year of which I bought what I intended to be a large enough quantity to sell through our stores for a few months, and instead sold out by e-mail in a single day, and not a single bottle saw a single shelf. The feedback from customers was so good on this that I went back to the Bordeaux well, and bought the last cases that I could. So, in a neat bit of symmetry, we’re coming out the way we came in. With one of the greatest values of the year, a mature under the radar gem from one of Bordeaux’s great vintages- the gorgeous and incredible value 2005 Chateau Peyrabon.

My original offer is below- if you bought this last time you won’t need me to sell this to you. If you didn’t get to this in time in January, don’t make the same mistake again. Either way, load up!!

You could not hope for a more serious, old school, complex, savory Bordeaux at this price. It’s completely mature while also having the stuffing to last for several years (I’d in fact recommend giving this a pretty good decant as I found it opened up a lot after an hour in a glass), and it’s at a price (the cheapest in the country) that means you can drink it on a Tuesday night without feeling guilty. That ticks all my boxes, and it is a Bordeaux to start (or end…) 2018 with a bang, don’t miss it.

Peyrabon

2005 Château Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois


More about the Wine:

Mature Bordeaux from a great château in a spectacular vintage, at a price that almost beggars belief – it is a story that needs telling.

Château Peyrabon is a top-quality Cru Bourgeois, (the name used for a small, exclusive group of the best left bank wines not included in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux). It was actually one of the most controversial of all the omissions in 1855, as at the time it sold for the same price as many other estates that were included. An eventually unsuccessful 14-year court battle to have the classification redone (and thus include Peyrabon) followed. The result today is a superb value Château, brilliantly located right on the line between the Haut-Médoc and Pauillac appellations, just a five or ten minute drive west from Mouton Rothschild, Pontet Canet and Grand Puy Lacoste. About 15% of the vineyard is actually located within Pauillac itself, and most of the rest of it crowds the border.

The owner is Patrick Bernard, brother of Olivier, who heads Domaine de Chevalier as well as the Union des Grands Cru de Bordeaux. Patrick also founded a large négociant company and is obviously not short of a euro or two, as immediately after purchasing the property in 1998 he spent a couple of million of them on replanting, new drainage systems, and rebuilding the winemaking facilities and the cellar.

So, Peyrabon is a name to look out for vintage after vintage these days, and what do we have for you today? Only their spectacular, and even more spectacular value offering from the legendary 2005 vintage, for a quite ridiculous $19.99. You could not hope for a more serious, old school, complex, savory Bordeaux at this price. It’s completely mature while also having the stuffing to last for several years (I’d in fact recommend giving this a pretty good decant as I found it opened up a lot after an hour in a glass), and it’s at a price (the cheapest in the country) that means you can drink it on a Tuesday night without feeling guilty. That ticks all my boxes, and it is a Bordeaux to start (or end…) 2018 with a bang, don’t miss it.

Parker describes this as a ‘sleeper’ of the vintage- at this price it is not just a sleeper but a downright steal. We have less than 30 cases, so I would encourage you to grab at least one of them while you can, as I suspect they will not last.


2005 Château Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

“A seductive style of wine in 2005, this Peyrabon has a deep ruby/purple color and round, juicy blackcurrant and black cherry fruit along with some licorice and floral notes. It is medium-bodied, surprisingly silky and concentrated. Drink this sleeper of the vintage over the next 5-7 years.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2015