Chateau Pibran 2014, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

The estate is located to the north of the town of Pauillac, close to the Chenal de Gaer, a stream which divides the vineyards of Pauillac in two, and it is graced by a rather understated, single-story chateau which overlooks the vines and which dates from the end of the 19th Century. The soils underfoot are typical of the region, the vineyards lying on one of the many gravel ridges. All told there are 17 hectares of vines, these being predominantly Merlot, which takes up 54% of the vineyard, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon at 45% and Petit Verdot at 1%. The vines are aged over 30 years on average, a relatively youthful domaine which reflects recent replanting. Following a manual harvest the fruit is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel, before going into oak, with 50% of the barrels replaced per annum, for a period of 12-15 months. The grand vin is Chateau Pibran, the name La Tour Pibran is now used for the second wine, and there are about 4500 cases produced per annum.