2012 Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes (Elsewhere $18) SKU #1275585


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Chateau Peyros is a 17th century estate situated in the souther part of Madiran. In 1999, Jean Jacques Lesgourgues bought the estate and began the process of modernizing and revitalizing this historic property. Peyros, which means "stony place," sits atop soils of clay and limestone but the vineyards themselves are covered in the large rolled stones (galets roules) left after the last ice age. The 20 hectares of the estate are farmed sustainably utilizing organic treatments while a herd of sheep walk around the property from May through October grazing the grasses between the rows of the vines and creating manure for enriching the soil. The Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc with an average vine age between 40-50 years. The wine spends about 12 months in oak barrels about 40% new before it is bottled. This is no shy Madiran. It is full of the power and texture that one associates with the region. With some decanting it is absolutely appropriate with rich dishes of sausage, duck confit and rustic pâtés.

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  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Ouch! The vineyards of Peyros are built upon gravelly soils covered with large stones deposited by glaciers during the last Ice Age, which created a surfeit of sore feet for any herd of woolly mammoths that galumphed upon them. Hm, might explain their extinction....but the mammoth loss is your gain, as these scattershot stones also retain heat that gracefully ripens the grapes on these old vines, leading to wines of impeccable power, warmth and depth. High-toned aromatic black fruits lift from the glass, revealing a lush viscosity with notes of dark cherry, black plum, pepper, menthol and smoke on the rich, velvety palate, finishing long and lovely. A veritable "mam-mouthful" of wine!
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Distinctive herbal nose, reminiscent of caraway seeds, with inky cassis and deep plum fruit, solid minerality through the palate, and smokiness on the finish, Château Peyros "Vieilles Vignes" is made from old vines and it shows in the glass – the 2012 is intense! Textured and viscous but not as aggressively tannic as Madiran can be, the Tannat here is tempered with just enough woodsy Cab Franc for balance and drinkability. A powerful, quality wine at an incredible price.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Madiran is a tricky wine sometimes. Often, in their youth, they are more wines of texture and richness than aromatic expression. The Peyros VV has all of that full bodied meatiness, velvety tannins and black currant density but it also has subtlety. Give this an hour in the decanter and you will be rewarded with all the savory pencil lead and graphite minerality which matches the cassis flavors. Also unlocked are the light floral tones of violet and camphor along with a smoky meaty quality. Ideal for winter braises such as short ribs and lamb stew but even better with a big plate of charcuterie, cheeses and pâtés. Throw a couple in the cellar as well and you will be well rewarded down the road.


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