Château Haut Peyrous, Pêche au Carrelet-Graves Blanc 2010
Product Code: 10046/10
Organic producer. A rich, classy blend of Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc. 3 great reviews.
The Haut Peyrous estate is owned by Marc Darroze from the famous Darroze family of Gascony. He diversified from production of Bas Armagnacs to purchase this estate. His aim is to produce wines with lots of personality, by making the most of the quality of the terroir on his estate. That’s why Marc has taken steps in order to obtain certification of his estate as an organic wine producer. Since June 2008, all work on the estate (soil, treatments) has been carried out in accordance with organic production criteria.
The soil is worked mechanically, and the grass growing between the rows enables humus to develop and encourages intense microbial activity in the soils. Any possible deficiencies in the soil are rectified gently and naturally, the vines are treated with products authorised by organic farming criteria.
At 80m above sea level, the Haut Peyrous Estate is on the second terrace of the Garonne River, in the village of Mazère south of Langon, and 7km from the Garonne River itself.
Grapes: Semillon (75%), Sauvignon Blanc (25%).
Alcohol: 13.5% VOL
Soil: The surface soil is made up of clay and loamy sand covered with pebbles, typical of this part of the appellation. The subsoil is also composed of sand with clays more or less deep, depending on the parcels.
Wine making: This wine is made from a blend of Sémillon (75%) and Sauvignon (25%), a portion of which was matured in one-year-old barrels.
Cellaring Potential: Drinking beautifully now, or until 2017+
Our Tasting notes: Lively nose with spice and mineral notes and vanilla from the oak. Lovely soft and round mouth feel. Richness and complexity on the back palate and a lovely soft acid backbone.
From the name "Pêche au Carrelet" - the square shaped net (carrelet) that the fisherman has just hauled out of the Garonne is teeming with shad, lamprey and eels …tasty fish, which need to be cooked slowly and gently. Fish like this need complex and generous wines to pair with!
Recently reviewed by Jesse Lewis in Sealed with Wax
"I wouldn’t describe the nose as fruity at this stage of its life. At a stretch, I’d say lemon and guava. Secondary characters like honey or honeysuckle are present amongst pebbly, mineral notes. Same thing follows on the palate, which is where the wine truly shows its personality. A soft, almost dense texture, but with just enough acidity and lemon pithy dryness to balance. It does taste and feel very, very good......89 points"
Also reviewed by Gary Walsh in Winefront
"Threw this into a tasting of oak worked ‘Graves’ style Margaret River wines of a similar price...
Grassy, but flamboyant with plenty of gooseberry and tropical fruit, laced with aniseed and spice. And really, that aniseed is something of a feature. Medium weight, old oranges and savoury wood influence, minerally edges, but all up much quieter to taste than the nose would suggest. Nice wine.
Rated : 90 Points, Drink 2013 - 2017+
And by Sean Mitchell in Grape Observer
"It is yellow to gold in colour, and opens to clean light intensity aromatics of straw, lemon, minerals, wet stones and dried herbs. The palate, like the blend, is more semillon than sauvignon blanc. It is dry and quite full bodied, with some depth in its expression of hay, green melon, grass, dried herbs and some notes verging on white peach and honey. Overall, I think this is a good to very good quality wine due to its concentration and depth of flavour, and hints of complexity. A fairly serious offering that is ready to drink now. Good to Very Good"
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