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Chateau Puygueraud Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Puygueraud was obtained by George Thienpont all the way back in 1946. The 27 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Puygueraud was almost completely replanted in 1970. The first official vintage of Puygueraud was 1983. The Cotes de Franc terroir is clay and limestone with chalky subsoils. Vines are planted with a vine density of 4,500 vines per hectare.

The 30-year old vines of Puygueraud are planted to 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Progressive replanting is taking place all the time. This means the individual vines are replaced one at a time. This is done using the selection massale technique where the budwood is drawn from existing, qualitatively satisfactory, plants from within the vineyard. This helps retain the original expression of the terroir and helps to increase vine density.

For the vinification, Chateau Puygueraud sees a 30 to 35-day cuvaison in stainless steel vats using microbullage under the cap. This is followed by aging on the lees for the first six months.  The wine sees very little racking and ages in 50% new French oak. On average the annual production of Puygueraud is about 6,500 cases. There is a second wine, Lauriol.

In select vintages, a special wine is produced. Cuvee George, (Named after the father and founder of the estate) is a limited production wine with a unique blend that varies from vintage to vintage, but it always features a large portion of Malbec. In 2010, the blend consisted of 45% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. This is the highest percentage of Malbec used in the blend of any Right Bank Bordeaux wine.

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In 2013, the estate began production of the white Bordeaux wine, Puygueraud Blanc. From a 4 hectare parcel of vines planted in 1997. The white grapes are planted to a mix of 55% Sauvignon Gris and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, representing the highest percentage of Sauvignon Gris used in Bordeaux.

As with many of the properties where the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt manage the vineyards and the winemaking, they use the Vistalys system of laser optical sorting. This practice started with the 2009 vintage.

Chateau Puygueraud is an outstanding value priced Bordeaux wine with character that has the ability to age a develop for a few years.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Puygueraud Blanc

    1. Made from 55% Sauvignon Gris and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, this represents the highest percentage of Sauvignon Gris used in Bordeaux. From a 4 hectare parcel of vines planted in 1997, this is the debut vintage. Dominated by grapefruit and lemon peel, the feels lower in acidity, due to the quantity of Sauvignon Gris, however, that is not case as the wine has a pH of 3.1. 86 Pts

      86 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Château Puygueraud

    1. Using 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, the light colored wine serves up fresh raspberry and spearmint, in a ready to drink, forward, red fruited, fresh style. 84-86 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
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  3. 2012 Château Puygueraud

    1. 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec produced a wine with licorice, coffee and dark berries, rustic tannins and a sweet, chocolate-coated raspberry finish. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 2011 Château Puygueraud

    1. Prune, dark cherry jam and coffee bean scents lead to an open, tannic, black raspberry finish.

      87 points - Tasted
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    2. Like La Prade, both of which are made by Nicolas Theinpont, once again utilized optical sorting machines for the harvest. Deep in color with a truffle and black cherry nose, this tannic wine is concentrated and packed with jammy black cherry and stone. 87-89 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  5. 2010 Château Puygueraud

    1. Truffles, forest floor, sweet, dark berries and fresh cherries are found in the fresh, , earthy, spice filled wine.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. Deep colored, licorice and jammy blackberry scents, uncomplicated fresh, zesty, blackberry finish. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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    3. 2010 Puygueraud, like La Prade, both of which are made by Nicolas Theinpont, once again utilized optical sorting machines for the harvest. Produced from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, this full bodied wine is stuffed with licorice, cassis, smoke and dark cherries. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  6. 2010 Château Puygueraud Cuvée George

    1. George is produced by Nicolas Thienpont from the vines of Puygueraud. The wine comes from the same vineyard as Puygueraud, but it is a unique blend that is different from the better known Thienpont wine. George is not made in every vintage. Produced from 45% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the wine offers pepper, flowers and jammy berry scents. Tannic, the wine requires time before its black cherry and pepper profile comes around. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  7. 2009 Château Puygueraud

    1. Bottled June 10, from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, the wine opens with sweet licorice, tobacco, black raspberry and spice scents. Medium bodied, this ends with soft textured, sweet, black raspberry and chocolate in the finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Puygueraud, like La Prade, both of which are made by Nicolas Theinpont, utilized an optical sorting machine for this vintage. From a blend of 80% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, and 5% malbec, this medium bodied wine shows tannins that feel rustic. It ends with a berry filled yet slightly drying finish. 84-86 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
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  8. 2008 Château Puygueraud

    1. 08 Puygueraud from Nicolas Thienpont, along with help from Stephane Derenoncourt offers cassis, forest floor and black cherry aromas. This well price Bordeaux will offer a lot of bang for the buck. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  9. 2005 Château Puygueraud

    1. Licorice, boysenberry, smoke, coffee and chocolate aromas introduce this deeply colored wine. In the mouth, the wine offers concentrated licorice, spice and plush boysenberry jam flavors with a hint of fresh cherries and pepper at the end. This was my last bottle from the case. Each bottle delivered a lot of bang for the buck as it was about $14 as a future!

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Sweet blackberry, licorice, plums and coffee scents make up the perfume. Licorice, coca, espresso and plum flavors are found in the soft, round, slightly rustic, full bodied finish. This might improve a bit, but for my palate, wines like this are best enjoyed in their youth. This was the last bottle from the case. Priced at $15 when it was first offered, this wine truly delivered a lot of bang for the buck.

      90 points - Tasted
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  10. 2003 Château Puygueraud

    1. With bricking to the color, the wine display’s cigar box and forest floor notes with hints of berry in the aromatics. While the fruit is starting to fade, some sweetness remains in the short red berry, earth and tobacco finish.

      86 points - Tasted
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