Château Puygueraud “Closerie des Bories” Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2015

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100% merlot grown by Château Puygueraud, this 5.5 ha south-facing marn-soiled vineyard benefitted from some of the same quality-focused practices that the family uses for their more expensive wines, including de-budding, leaf-thinning and green harvest, all done by hand. After precise vinification, it was aged for 12 months in a combination of used French oak barrels and vats.

“Château Puygueraud 2015 Closerie de Bories (Francs Côtes de Bordeaux) ($20) The second wine from this leading estate in Francs, this is big, bold and very ripe. Its tannins and integrated black fruits are warm and rounded, with a core of dryness that will allow the rich wine to age more. Drink from 2020. 92 points.”  Editors’ Choice. –Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2019.