Thursday, May 7, 2009

2006 Chateau Paveil de Luze Margaux Bordeaux France

2006 Chateau Paveil de Luze Margaux Bordeaux France
Suggested retail price $28-$32
Distributed by Baron Francois in NYC

Chateau Paveil de Luze is a Cru Bourgeois Superieur du Médoc, which belongs to the Barons de Luze since 1862. This small, historic family estate, located in the village Soussans in the Médoc (one of the commune of the Margaux appellation), is one of the oldest properties in the area, and dates back to the early 17th century.

With vineyards planted of three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon grape and one quarter Merlot, this is a typically fragrant, feminine Margaux. The grapes are picked by hand, followed by a traditional vinification process. Fermentation for 3 to 4 weeks depending on the year. Ageing and conditioning in oak barrels for 12 to 14 months depending on the vintage.

Made of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2006 Chateau Paveil de Luze is a charming and classic Margaux displaying juicy fruit characters with a good underlying acidity. The palate is fine and balanced with fairly ripe, slightly spicy yet gentle red and dark fruit flavors with firm yet integrated tannins. It displays good potential for further ageing in bottle. A very enjoyable and approachable Margaux for less than $35 on the shelves, which is a rare thing.


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