Château Paveil de Luze Margaux 2016, Bordeaux, France

Traditional grape varieties are planted with a predominance of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), accompanied by Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). Château Paveil de Luze is one of the oldest properties in the Médoc. There have been six generations of owners since the 19th century. Its history presents a fascinating family saga, whose various characters have shown great passion for the property and have all left their mark. The Siberian winter of 1956 destroyed a substantial part of the vineyard, but in 1960 Baron Geoffroy de Luze decided to restore the property to its former glory. The gradual rejuvenation process required method and patience, with a replanting of the vines, new vats and a renovation of the winery. With a new generation comes a new chapter. In 2004, Marguerite, Frédéric and Catherine took over the reins to take their turn at a task that was begun five generations ago. Little earth and gravel depth provides natural drainage which accounts for delicacy and finesse. As neatly tended as flowerbeds, vines throw their root deeply in order to find vital drops of water and nutritive principles. To produce the wine of Chateau Paveil de Luze, vinification takes place in small, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that are 150 hectoliters in size. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine of Paveil de Luze is aged in an average of 30% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. 2016 vintage: Full and flavorful, with a silky texture and forward red and black fruit notes interlaced with subtle hints of black pepper.