This small-production, organic Bordeaux is on the rise. Its unique blend of Malbec and Merlot grapes gives it a rich, smooth, fruit-driven style, and it’s totally affordable.
The Château Vieux Poirier is a rare bird– only 1,000 cases are made each year, each with extraordinary care and respect for the environment. The Château’s vineyards are located in Galcon, which is on the Right Bank of Bordeaux near Fronsac. This wine is certified organic, which means that no chemicals of any kind (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) are used in vineyard or winery and, of course, only natural yeasts are used for fermentation. As a result, you get pure fruit and terroir flavors unmarred by chemical residues. This is more than rare in Bordeaux, where the organic growing movement has been slow to develop.
Antonio Galloni of Vinous listed the Château Vieux Poirer 2014 in his list of “Les Découvertes: Under the Radar Gems and Sleepers” from Bordeaux, which he considered “flat-out delicious and should be reasonably priced when they are released.” Of the 2015, he says, “The 2015 Vieux Poirier is an unusual blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec with a dollop of Carmènere thrown into the mix. A rush of floral and savory-infused aromatics meld into blood orange, pomegranate and cherry jam. Rich and exotic on the palate, the 2015 is long on personality, that much is clear.”
Château Vieux Poirier, Bordeaux 2015
12-bottle case $179.88 ($14.99)
*this price reflects a 15% case discount*