Featured Wine – 2014 Chateau le Puy– Bordeaux, France | $43
We’re excited to introduce you to this amazing winery that has been making their wine in a very old school style for over 12 generations! The winery became famous in Japan after being featured in the cult Japanese manga called The Drops of God which described the 2003 vintage as a “miracle wine…produced for 400 years without a drop of pesticide”. The winery has been refused the right to use the name of its own appellation several times for being “a typical” (a point the owners are proud of), and Decanter Magazine said, “This is surely one of Bordeaux’s most overlooked wine estates…”. A hidden gem to be sure. Catch a great article on tasting 100 years of Chateau le Puy, along with a more detailed description of the wine from our own Andrew Macleod
Château le Puy is an anomaly. In a region known for big wines, big châteaux, and big bank rolls, here you have a winery that harkens back to a bygone era. Located on the “Right Bank” of Bordeaux on the same plateau as Saint Emilion and Pomerol, Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son, Pascal make wine in a fashion that proceeds conventional winemaking. Le Puy was “natural” decades before anybody knew such a thing existed. As Jean-Pierre says, “My grandfather was too stingy to buy chemicals”. Today four horses are used to plow their 125 acres of wines. In the cellar indigenous yeast is used for fermentation, very little sulphur is added, and ageing is done in old oak barrels. What does Château le Puy taste like? As Amoreau’s son-in-law puts it, “It’s the best Burgundy wine from Bordeaux”. It’s a wine that speaks of people, tradition, and place. Flavours of dark berry and plum are complemented by notes of leather, tobacco and forest. The blend for the 2013 Château le Puy Emilien is 85% Merlot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% cabernet sauvignon, 1% malbec and 1% carménère. Because the fruit for this wine comes from the lesser known Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, it is absurdly underpriced and offers insane value. We cannot recommend this wine enough. Drink it a lot, and drink it often!