L'Atypic de Peybonhomme
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Organic

L'Atypic de Peybonhomme - 2017

Item # 27445 750mL
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Color
Red
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Production Methods

Organic

Organic

Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


Tasting Notes

The Atypic is only made in the most ideal of vintages. This cuvée is "atypical" because of its 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It's unfiltered and will throw sediment. Aromas of black and red currants persist from the nose to the palate. The wine sees no oak contact.


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Staff Pick Notes

This delicious Côtes de Blaye red from Rachel Hubert is an instant classic for me. Earning it's "Atypic"al moniker as a right-bank Bordeaux with no Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, blending instead Malbec with Cabernet Franc to fantastic results. The grapes are co-fermented in a concrete tank, developing into luscious flavors of plums, dark berries, and black pepper that go down with luxurious ease. The wine is not released every year, but rather only when the vintage is exceptional, and this 2017 is drinking beautifully. Versatile enough to suit the needs of many a menu, but I would barbecue some chicken or serve this up with Thanksgiving dinner. A fresh, unoaked, and very satisfying wine.

- MM

About the Producer

Catherine and Jean-Luc Hubert are proprietors of Chateau Peybonhomme les Tours in the Cotes de Blaye and Chateau La Grolet in the Cotes de Bourg.

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

Bordeaux

Situated on the mid-Atlantic coast of France around the Gironde river, Bordeaux is home to some of the most legendary wines on earth. There are (for all intents and purposes) five grape varieties permitted under French wine law for red Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and, very infrequently, Petit Verdot and Malbec. For white Bordeaux, only three varieties are permitted:...

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Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal...

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Malbec

Known as Côt throughout much of France, Malbec is the dark-skinned variety that put Argentinian wine on the map - and likewise, Argentinian Malbec saved the grape from near obscurity. The Cahors appellation in France still relies on Malbec to distinguish many of its wines, but the area is exceptional in this regard. As the grape can be quite difficult to cultivate, it has become far less popular...

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