2015 Chateau Petit Paveil Bordeaux AOC
When the weather turns cold, my thoughts turn toward red wine, especially the rich and satisfying reds of Bordeaux. It has become something of a tradition around here to feature red Bordeaux in the winter months since it’s the sort of wine that perfectly suits the season and the cuisine you’re apt to enjoy. However, choosing the best candidate for the wine club is no easy task because the Bordeaux region produces so much wine at every price level.
Fortunately, we work with dozens of excellent importers and distributors, both large and small, and their help is invaluable when it comes to separating the wheat from the chaff, as it were. The 2015 Petit Paveil Bordeaux Rouge comes to us from a company that has a fabulous portfolio of Bordeaux wines, from simple AOC Bordeaux to the famous classified growths of the Haut-Medoc and beyond. The search was also made easier by the fact that the 2015 vintage was so good in this region of France. Petit Paveil is, in fact, the second label of Chateau Paveil de Luze, one of the oldest properties in the commune of Margaux.
The wine is made to the same exacting quality standards as the estate’s top wine, sourced from some of the same old vines planted on the area’s gravelly soil. Chateau Paveil de Luze boasts a heritage that goes back over six generations, overseeing a domaine that is comprised of a single, large block, a situation that is quite unusual for the area. The vineyards, over 35 years old on average, are planted to the traditional Bordeaux varieties and the Petit Paveil reflects this; a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled tanks and aged for a period of 8 months in oak barrels, 50% of which are new. The wine displays that rich concentration of the vintage but not overly tannic so it can be enjoyed right away, even as early as tomorrow’s dinner. Of course, if you want to stock up, it’s beautifully structured for additional bottle age, somewhere in the 2-5 year range. At this price, you can have it both ways so grab some for the cellar.