Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie (750ml)
Canon de Fronsac
Bénédicte and Grégoire Hubau do not come from winemaking families, nor did they pursue studies in viticulture and enology. Yet, their love of wine eventually lured them from their home in northern France to Bordeaux where they finally left behind their careers in computers and chemistry to cultivate vines and make wine in the late 1980’s. Château Moulin Pey-Labrie, an estate in Fronsac met their requirements for having terroir de caractère. They learned on the job and through the years have tweaked their methods over the years in order to bring the reality of their work more perfectly in line with their vision. Refusing to slacken their strict quality standards, they frequently design their own equipment, including one machine that works the earth from below. In the cellar they consider themselves observers, letting the character of the land express itself freely and encouraging the greatest possible elegance and finesse in all of their wines.
The wine shows lovely balance, freshness and length. Exuberant fruit with a soft round palate and aromatic lift. The tannins are fine but focused and there is a pleasing chalky terroir nuance that comes through on the finish.
Predominantly Merlot (95%) with a small portion of Malbec. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and sorted. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel or lined concrete tanks and lasts three weeks. The wines are pumped over and/or the caps punched down regularly, depending on the needs of each individual cuvée. Parcels are vinified separately, then blended before 18 months élevage in barriques, 30-50% new. The wines are not fined or filtered.