After 15 years of experience and commitment to the fine wine sector, Aurelien Dulor, along with Ludovic and Damien Martial shared the common goal of taking over the reins of a property in the Graves appellation. Together they took over the property and undertook the task of caring for the property and implementing sustainable & organic viticultural practices. Located in Cérons, in the heart of the Graves AOP, Château Peyrat is a 42 acre "clos" currently planted to 20 acres of white varieties and 18.5 acres of red. With its microclimate, due to the proximity of the Garonne River, and the sandy, clay soils on a limestone bedrock, Peyrat typifies the Graves terroir, displaying minerality, freshness and finesse. As for viticulture, the team at Peyrat promote working the soils and sowing grasses to restore the vineyards natural balance and to promote biodiversity. "Let the plant live, express itself, create a symbiosis with the elements."
It's not uncommon in Graves for the reds to be a roughly equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This wine from Chateau Peyrat however, differs from the norm in that it’s 80% Merlot blended with equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Additionally, only about 10% of the total volume of wine is aged in barriques with the remainder being aged in concrete tank. The resulting wine shows a softer expression of the Graves terroir with elements of dark berry fruits on the nose supplemented by elements of cocoa, vanilla, spice, and resin. On the palate, the wine is supple and smooth with blackberry, spice, and just a subtle suggestion of smokey minerality. Have this with a burger and be super happy. Have it with a nice piece of grilled lamb and be super-duper happy.