Puy Galland comes from Bordeaux where the Cotes de Francs vineyards are in the undiscovered (and high value) area just 10K east of Saint-Emilion.
The 2009 of this wine has arrived (at a considerably higher price) but I still have some 2006 in the warehouse. I need to sell this or it will be overlooked for quite a long time. Pay for 11 bottles and get a full case. while it lasts 2006 is a fine vintage and this "Petit Chateau is ready to drink. Only 5 cases"
Bordeaux is everyone definition of great French Red Wine. But Bordeaux is often very grand and very expensive. But Bordeaux, red wines, a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is too good to limit it to Le Grand Vin of the famous classified Chateaux.
There are many, wonderful, everyday Bordeaux Chateaux that are family managed, with great vineyards - often near by the famous estates - that is everyday priced. This is one of my favorites.
Chateau Puy Galland is in the Bordeaux Cotes de Francs. appellation A rolling, green part
of Right Bank Bordeaux that's producing some
of Bordeaux's least known but most amazing wine
The Thienpont family first put Cotes de
Francs on the map. They own Le Pin in
Pomerol. You remember, Le Pin. It set an
auction record a while back - 12 bottles went
for $32,000. They know how to make wine.
The Thienponts recognized what glorious
terroir there was in Cotes de Francs
which is just northeast of Saint-Emilion and
they bought Chateau Puygueraud and then other
chateaux. Hubert de Bouard of Chateau
Angelus caught on next and bought a
chateau for himself there and suddenly people
started paying attention - including myself.
I've always got my eyes open when it comes to
affordable Bordeaux made by winemakers whose
livelihood actually depends upon their making
a knockout wine. Of course, I am especially
keen on finding them in good Bordeaux vintages years like
In fact 2006 is a very fine vintage but equally important it is now 5 years old is is getting very ready to drink. and it will drink nicely over the next several years.
These smaller, family owned chateaux often are not too good
at the marketing part, but they're great at
the wine making part, which is what I care about. I
don't expect my wine to come to me via some
snazzy press kit - I'm willing to go out and
break a trail if I have to. The rewards for
doing this are often stunning.
All of this points right to Chateau Puy
Galland. Bernard Labatut's Chateau Puy
Galland is exactly what I look for. A classy
Bordeaux with flesh and black cherries, very
round in the mouth. Many people don't realize
it, but there are a lot of affordable wines
in Bordeaux that just get shouldered aside by
the Classified Growth buzz. Yes, you can
drink great Bordeaux every night - you just
have to know where to find them.
Bernard Labatut is the third generation to
work the vines at Chateau Puy Galland. His
26-year-old son will soon take the reins.
Bernard likes the organic approach to wine
growing. He de-leafs and green harvests to
produce better quality, riper grapes.
Bernard inspects all his grapes and rejects anything that is unripe as they are
harvested on his table de tri to
ensure there are no losers getting into the
crush. He uses oak judiciously to
maintain a balance between fruit and
tannin. He is dedicated to quality and
works with oenologist Jean Philippe Faure at
winemaker to the stars Michel Rolland's
There is a round, substantial,
dark-fruitiness to this wine. Bernard Labatut
suggests nothing less than foie gras for his
beauty, but I think we can stoop to things
less lofty. I've had Puy Galland with a roast
chicken or a grilled pork chop and the wine
didn't seem to be embarrassed at all.
Let's have some ready to drink Bordeaux tonight. Cynthia
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