Chateau Puygueraud Cotes de Francs Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Chateau Puyueraud Chateau Puygueraud Cotes de Francs Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Puygueraud Cotes de Francs with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Puygueraud History, Overview

Chateau Puygueraud was purchased by George Thienpont all the way back in 1946. The Thienpont family were already quite successful in Bordeaux by those days, as they were popular negociants and they owned Chateau Vieux Chateau Certan in Pomerol as well as Chateau Troplong Mondot in St. Emilion at one point as well.

The 27 hectare vineyard of Chateau Puygueraud was in such poor shape by the end of the 1960’s, it needed to be almost completely replanted in 1970. This proved to be a good decision because prior to the replanting, a good portion of the vines were devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Those vines were ripped out and replaced with Merlot. The last remaining Cabernet Sauvignon vines were removed in 1984. The first official vintage of Chateau Puygueraud that was produced under the direction of Nicolas Thienpont took place in 1983. The estate has not looked back since.

Chateau Puygueraud Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

Chateau Puygueraud is planted to 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. The estate has a terroir of clay and limestone with chalky sub-soils.

The Cotes de Bordeaux vineyard is planted with a vine density of 4,500 vines per hectare. Located on the plateau of Cotes de Francs, they are at the peak of the appellation at 117 meters. In fact, they are close to the peak of the entire Right Bank!

The vines are maintained at an average of 30 years of age. 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 while helping increase vine density. The vineyards are managed using mostly organic farming techniques, while also creating a bio-diverse environment.

To produce the wine of Chateau Puygueraud, during the vinification, Chateau Puygueraud sees a 30 to 35-day cuvaison in stainless steel vats using microbullage under the cap.

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This is followed by aging on the lees for the first six months. The wine sees very little racking and ages in up to 50% new, French oak barrels. 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. Puygueraud Cuvee George made its debut with the 2000 vintage.

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When to Drink Chateau Puygueraud, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Puygueraud is much better with at least 2-4 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Puygueraud offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-12 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Puygueraud with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

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

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

The white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Puygueraud is perfect served with all types of seafood, shellfish, lobster, crab, sushi and sashimi, as well as cheese courses.

Chateau Puygueraud Blanc

In 2013, the estate began production of their white Bordeaux wine, Puygueraud Blanc. The wine is produced from a 4 hectare parcel of vines planted in 1997 in a slightly cooler, micro climate.

You also find more limestone in the soil in this part of the vineyard. The white wine grapes are planted to a mix of 55% Sauvignon Gris and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, representing the highest percentage of Sauvignon Gris used in Bordeaux. The wine is barrel fermented. There is no malolactic fermentation or skin contact.

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

Nicolas Thienpont also owns Chateau La Prade and Chateau Les Charmes Godard which are both also located in the Cotes de Francs appellation that is better known for it’s wine Bordeaux wine, made from a blend of 70% Semillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Muscadelle.

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

Château Puygueraud Wine Tasting Notes

20 Vintages 85,613 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2018Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)92

Earthy with tobacco leaf, herb, licorice and wild cherry aromatics, the wine has richness, volume and length. The fruit is ripe. There is an earthiness to the fruit and density that is not usually found here. As the finish lingers, you get a sense of the minerality, which adds to the fruit and complexity. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. 91-93 Pts

1,660 Views   Tasted
2018Château Puygueraud Blanc  (Bordeaux)89

It is impossible to find a better value in white Bordeaux wine than you have here. Meyer lemon, white peach, pomelo and flowers with a bright, crisp, slightly sweet, fruity character. Drink this over the next few years.

1,065 Views   Tasted
2017Château Puygueraud Blanc  (Bordeaux)89

Yellow citrus and floral notes with hints of orange and white peach are everywhere. Fresh and lively, this is a vibrant white Bordeaux value wine.

1,074 Views   Tasted
2017Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)89

Quite forward in style, the wine is soft, fresh, sweet ripe and already charming. In the finish it is easy to sense the minerality found in the vineyards .Produced from a blend of 63% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 7% Malbec. Due to the frost, 70% of the harvest was struck by the frost.

2,089 Views   Tasted
2016Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)90

Lots of fresh, sweet, ripe, flowers and black raspberry notes on the nose. On the palate, the wine has sweet fruits, soft tannins and a ripe, fresh, fruity finish. I'm sure this is the best vintage of Puygueraud ever produced! With an earthy, clay and dark, red plum nose, the wine is forward, sweet and round in character. Produced from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec.

4,025 Views   Tasted
2016Château Puygueraud Blanc  (Bordeaux)89

Made from 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris, this pops with lemon and pineapple aromas. Sweet, forward and refreshing, this white Bordeaux wine will be delicious for the first few years of life.

1,641 Views   Tasted
2015Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)90

The wine is forward, sweet and round in character which is perfect for its soft, lush, earthy, spicy juicy red and black fruits. This is already easy to enjoy.

2,664 Views   Tasted

With an earthy, clay and dark, red plum nose, the wine is forward, sweet and round in character. Produced from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, the wine has length, character and charm.

3,286 Views   Tasted 89
2015Château Puygueraud Blanc  (Bordeaux)87

Pineapple and grapefruit on the nose, with a honeysuckle, orange and sweet, fresh citrus peel essence.

1,549 Views   Tasted
2014Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)89

Medium bodied, forward, blending 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec produced a wine with spicy, earthy, plums and tobacco, fresh fruits and a peppery, earthy, black raspberry finish. You can drink this young with just a bit of air.

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The smoky, licorice and black raspberry nose, with its forward, sweet, round cherry pie, medium bodied, spicy character was created from a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. 87-89 Pts

2,503 Views   Tasted 88
2013Château Puygueraud Blanc  (Bordeaux)86

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

1,139 Views   Tasted
2013Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)85

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

2,617 Views   Tasted
2012Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)87

Already showing secondary notes of truffle, licorice and dusty black cherries. The wine is medium bodied and ends with sweet and tart plums in the open finish.

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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

2,677 Views   Tasted 88
2011Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)87

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

4,367 Views   Tasted

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

4,366 Views   Tasted 87
2010Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)89

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

3,111 Views   Tasted

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

3,536 Views   Tasted 89

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

3,452 Views   Tasted 88
2010Château Puygueraud Cuvée George  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)89

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

1,688 Views   Tasted
2009Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)88

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.

4,269 Views   Tasted

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

4,587 Views   Tasted 85
2008Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)85

Medium bodied, earthy, with a citrus accent on top of the tobacco and red fruits. The wine is fully mature, and starting to fade and drop its fruit, this requires drinking over the near future.

1,359 Views   Tasted

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

2,622 Views   Tasted 88
2005Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)90

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!

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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.

7,641 Views   Tasted 90
2004Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)82

Tea in color, this light, spicy, red plum wine is fading and requires consumption.

1,836 Views   Tasted
2003Château Puygueraud  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)86

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.

2,156 Views   Tasted