Chateau La Peyre 2014 'Cru Artisan' Saint-Estephe AOC
Item Number: 18189
Sub Region: Left Bank
Appellation/AVA: Saint-Estephe AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 50% Merlot / 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Soil Type: Gravel with a mix of clay
Terroir Notes: Château La Peyre is made up of several separate vineyard plots covering a total of 8 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 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 under ripe or damaged grapes. The Rabiller family follows 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 age between 12 and 18 months in small oak barrels. Around 40% new French oak is used each year to avoid overwhelming the character of the wine. If necessary, the wine is gently fined (if necessary) using egg whites before bottling. It ages in bottle at the winery before release.
Tasting Notes: La Peyre is a great example of classic Saint-Estèphe earthiness and power with elegance. And yet, it's not like any other Saint-Estèphe wines because it is not produced by a large château. La Peyre was the only Saint-Estèphe estate to be awarded the 'Cru Artisan' designation in the 2006 official classification . Note that the classification has since been renewed: read more.