Chateau Peybonhomme l'Atypic Cabernet Franc Malbec 2017 from Blaye on right bank of Gironde
My tasting notes to follow soon.
Importer's notes: Biodynamic. We're often asked if we ship a wine with a fair percentage of Malbec. Now we can answer in the affirmative! But that's not why we shipped this unconventional Vin de France. It's simply another fabulous value from this dynamic estate (and one of the easiest buying decisions we had to make this year). The blend is, give or take, an 'atypic' 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Franc--hence the Vin de France designation and the name of the wine. Drawn from Peybonhomme's biodynamically certified limestone and clay soils in the Premières Côtes de Blaye (on the right bank overlooking the Gironde estuary), the vines that produce this cuvée are now 40-years-old. The wines are wild yeast fermented but L'Atypic is raised entirely in concrete (and bottled unfiltered). Capturing the depth and freshness of the year, Guillaume Hubert's 2016s are some of the most inviting reds we have tasted from this estate. Accordingly, the 2016 L'Atypic goes down without touching the sides, offering fabulous purity of fruit and superfine tannins. Dangerously easy to drink, this is a supple, energetic, left field Bordeaux at a bargain price.