Chateau Le Puy Emilien
Château le Puy is an anomaly. In a region known for big wines, big châteaux, and big bank rolls, here you have a winery that harkens back to a bygone era. Located on the “Right Bank” of Bordeaux on the same plateau as Saint Emilion and Pomerol, Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son, Pascal make wine in a fashion that proceeds conventional winemaking. Le Puy was “natural” decades before anybody knew such a thing existed. As Jean-Pierre says, “My grandfather was too stingy to buy chemicals”. Today four horses are used to plow their 125 acres of wines. In the cellar indigenous yeast is used for fermentation, very little sulphur is added, and ageing is done in old oak barrels. What does Château le Puy taste like? As Amoreau’s son-in-law puts it, “It’s the best Burgundy wine from Bordeaux”. It’s a wine that speaks of people, tradition, and place. Flavours of dark berry and plum are complemented by notes of leather, tobacco and forest. The blend for the Château le Puy Emilien is Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carménère. Because the fruit for this wine comes from the lesser known Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, it is absurdly underpriced and offers insane value. We cannot recommend this wine enough. Drink it a lot, and drink it often!