Chateau Pey La Tour Bordeaux Superieur Wine, Complete Guide

Pey la tour chateau Chateau Pey La Tour Bordeaux Superieur Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Pey La Tour History, Overview

What we know of as Chateau Pey La Tour today actually dates all the way back to the 1700’s, when it was developed by the Seigneurie family. At the time, the property was known as Chateau Clos de la Tour. The modern era for Chateau Pey La Tour however begins quite recently.

It started in 1990, when the estate was purchased by the Dourthe group, which also owns the well-known negociant company, CVGB and several other vineyards all over Bordeaux in the Left Bank, St. Emilion and Pessac Leognan.

At the time, the property was only 25 hectares of vines. As you can see, the owners have dramatically increased their holdings.

Chateau Pey La Tour Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The massive 200 hectare vineyard of Chateau Pey La Tour is located in the Entre Deux Mers appellation, not too far from Chateau Reignac.

The vineyard is planted to 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc.

The terroir is sand, clay and limestone soils. However, as you would expect, with such a large surface area, the soils vary quite a bit. The vines are planted to a vineyard density of 5,500 vines per hectare.

The picking is done using a combination of machine harvesters and manual pickers. The wine of Chateau Pey La Tour is vinified in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in 33% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 15 months before bottling.

Chateau Pey Latour Reserve comes from the best parcels of vines. While Pey La Tour comes from their sandier terroir, where the gravel is also lighter, Pey La Tour Reserve uses grapes planted in their deeper clay, limestone soils, and gravel terroir, which has larger, rock and stones.

The blend for the Pey La Tour Reserve is also different, as here, you usually find 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. However, there are also some vintages with a very small amount of Petit Verdot in the mix as well.

Chateau Pey La Tour produces three wines. Chateau Pey La Tour AOC Bordeaux, Chateau Pey Latour Reserve du Chateau Bordeaux Superieur (Their top wine) and a rose’.

The average annual production of Chateau Pey La Tour is quite large at close to 85,000 cases of wine per vintage.

The wines of Chateau Pey La Tour are sold as Bordeaux, or Bordeaux Superieur.

When to Drink Chateau Pey La Tour, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Pey La Tour is better with at least 2-3 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Pey La Tour offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-10 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Pey La Tour with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Pey La Tour is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Pey La Tour is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Pey La Tour is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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Château Pey La Tour Wine Tasting Notes

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2017Château Pey La Tour Réserve du Château  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

Round, forward and fleshy with sweet fruits, soft tannins and a chocolate-covered plum finish. You can enjoy this on release.

1,100 Views   Tasted
2016Château Pey La Tour  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

Forward, open, plummy with fresh, juicy, dark cherries, licorice and a hint of cocoa in the medium bodied finish.

1,473 Views   Tasted
2015Château Pey La Tour  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

Fresh, forward and soft in character, the sweet, ripe, black raspberry and dark cherry core of fruit carries through from start to finish.

2,076 Views   Tasted
2014Château Pey La Tour Réserve du Château  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

Forward, early drinking, medium bodied styles wine, with sweet, ripe black cherries, cocoa, tobacco, thyme and earthy nuances.

1,529 Views   Tasted
2012Château Pey La Tour  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

Fresh, forward and soft in character, the sweet, ripe, black raspberry and dark cherry core of fruit carries through from start to finish.

1,792 Views   Tasted

For consumers looking for value, this Bordeaux Superieur packs a lot of flesh, ripe jammy berries, flavor and silky textures for the money. 87-89 Pts

3,156 Views   Tasted 87
2010Château Pey La Tour Réserve du Château  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

Pey La Tour is a fun, simple, uncomplicated easy to like 90% Merlot based wine available for a fair price. 86-88 Pts

4,322 Views   Tasted
2009Château Pey La Tour Réserve du Château  (Bordeaux Supérieur)85

Simple, early drinking, value price, soft, medium bodied, Bordeaux Superieur that will be at its best during its black raspberry driven youth,

3,523 Views   Tasted