A structured wine from this small 17-acre Pauillac cru bourgeois, this shows weight, intense black-currant fruitiness and density from the high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Dark and brooding, it’s likely to age for many years.
91–93. Barrel sample. Rich, smooth mint and polished tannins give this wine a ripe, opulent feel. It benefits from the fine Cabernet of Pauillac, which adds structure and juicy black currant acidity.
A small proportion of Patrick Bernard’s Haut-Médoc estate of Peyrabon is in Pauillac, and he uses the fruit to make a top cuvée. This wine is suitably powered by dark Pauillac tannins, laced with some new wood and black currant fruits. It’s powerful and dense, with considerable aging potential.
The Pauillac vineyard under the same ownership as Château Peyrabon has produced an impressive 2008. It has power and intensity with the ripe, smooth fruits given muscle by the dark, chewy tannins. It’s designed for aging, wait five years at least.
A small parcel of vines belonging to Château Peyrabon are in Pauillac and these are vinified separately as Fleur Peyrabon. This 2002 is piled with wood, dense tannins and dryness. What is missing at this stage is fruit, which is submerged by the dryness and tannins.