Château Peybonhomme-Les-Tours is managed by fifth generation growers: their vineyards are certified biodynamic, their wines are easy drinking young, and they offer outstanding value for money.

Lying on the right bank of the Gironde, directly opposite the renowned Medoc communes of Margaux, St-Julien and Pauillac, despite their proximity to such hallowed real estate, the viticultural picture could hardly be more different here; the flat, orderly communes of the left bank give way to an undulating, pastoral landscape and the rows of manicured Cabernet becomes a blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cab Franc. The legendary gravel of the Medoc also finds itself replaced by a complex mesh of limestone, sand, gravel and iron-rich clays.

Tasting Note

BA blend of just Malbec and Cabernet Franc doesn’t cut la moutarde for the Bordeaux authorities so this absurdly drinkable red is simply labelled Vin de France.

As we’ve seen over the last few years, lots of wines with this low-caste labelling are the best value and interesting of the French wines we try. Certainly the case here – this atypical (Atypic) wine is fleshy, ripe and fun, with great fruit concentration and liveliness.

All estate fruit from the Chateau Peybonhomme, farmed organically and biodynamically on the right bank of the Gironde estuary.