Chateau La Peyre 2015 Saint-Estephe AOC
Item Number: 15417
Sub Region: Left Bank
Appellation/AVA: Saint-Estephe AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot / Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Soil Type: Gravel with a mix of clay and limestone
Terroir Notes: Château La Peyre is made up of several separate vineyard plots covering a total of eight hectares in the Marbuzet sector of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. The vineyards for the La Peyre Saint-Estèphe are situated in the village of Leyssac in the same zone as that of Montrose and Haut-Marbuzet. The vines average 40 years of age (as of 2021). The soil is predominantly gravel with a mix of clay. The gravel facilitates drainage while the clay retains valuable moisture during the dry summer months and allows even ripening. Every care is taken in the vineyard to ensure healthy, fully mature grapes. Winter pruning is severe and limits the crop size. Green harvesting is employed to further balance the crop load during the growing season. Organic fertilizers are used when necessary.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested. Before going into the fermentation tanks, the bunches are carefully sorted by hand to remove any underripe or damaged grapes. The Rabillers follow traditional winemaking techniques, preferring a long maceration period in the fermentation tank. This allows gentle extraction of color, tannins, and flavor components and results in a naturally concentrated and well-balanced wine. Following fermentation, the wines are aged between 12 and 18 months in small oak barrels. Around 40%-30% new French oak is used each year to avoid overwhelming the character of the wine. If necessary, the wine is gently fined using egg whites before bottling. It ages in bottle at the winery before release.
Tasting Notes: 2015 is an elegant wine, showing lots of fruit. The palate is soft. It is a wine with great aging potential.
2015 Vintage Notes:
"Two thousand fifteen has turned out to be a fabulous vintage for Bordeaux. A dry, hot summer followed by late-season rains introduced a degree of variability in some of Bordeaux’s main appellations, but where sites were well positioned to cope with those challenges, the wines are absolutely thrilling." - Vinous 2/2018
"...the best Bordeaux vintage since 2010." - Wine Enthusiast 3/2018
"2015 is a great vintage, the best one since the supercharged twin years of 2009-10." - Bloomberg 4/2016