“The nice balance of ripe fruit and toasty oak marks this wine out. There’s just a hint of sweetness on the palate, but that fits in well with the gentle tannins, which give this an immediately appealing personality.”
- 90 Points, James Suckling
Food Pairing: Red meat, pasta, stews, BBQ, and cheeses
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
Made by a very small producer on the right bank of Bordeaux, Château Vieux Poirier is not only chateau bottled, but it’s also certified organic. This wine’s unique blend of Malbec and Merlot grapes gives it a rich, smooth, fruit-driven style. It is a full-bodied wine; rich and generous, with a velvety texture and repeated notes of black fruit flavors
Varietal: 60% Malbec, 40% Merlot
Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Barrel Regime: Aged 8 months in concrete tanks
Not for sale online, $360.00/Case MSRP
About The Winery
Winery: Chateau Vieux Poirier
Owners: The Maurin Family
Location: Galgon, Bordeaux
Chateau Vieux Poirier is a small estate owned by the Maurin Family and located near Galgon, on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux near Fronsac. The vineyard stretches on a clay and sandy plateau overlooking the south-east with an average vine age of 25 years. All the work in the vineyard is carried out by the methods of organic farming; this creates a wonderful wine with pure fruit and a genuine expression of the terroir. This is more than rare in Bordeaux where the growing organic movement has been the slow to develop.
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I saw right bank and was interested, but this is not the blend I was expecting… No CF? Could be interesting to hear from rats, but that might not happen. Toasty oak from reviewer might have been from whole cluster treatment, but do you expect more from Suckling?
So how and why did casemates come up with this particular French wine. Ive been drinking more french and liking them quite a bit lately. But mostly higher priced($30 to $80) bordeaux and burgundy. Nothing in this price range.
From Galloni, or Vinous anyway:
Vinous: 89-92 Points
Sweet red berries, flowers and savory herbs flesh out in the 2014 Vieux Poirier. Distinctly aromatic and pungent, the 2014 possesses striking floral nuance to match its lifted, mid-weight personality. There is no shortage of intrigue and personality in this super-expressive wine. Bright saline notes support the highly expressive finish. The blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec, all from biologically farmed vineyards.
A couple other positive comments floating around.
Not buying, but looks like a solid offer. A decent vintage in Bordeaux where many lesser wines did well (although cabernet based left bank is stronger than the merlot based right bank) and nice price point. Also a vintage where a wine like this is probably quite drinkable now.
Interesting blend. Nice to see this here on casemates.