Bordeaux Spotlight: Château Petit-Freylon

History

Château Petit-Freylon is located in Saint Genis-du-Bois, a tiny Aquitaine village boasting less than 100 inhabitants.  Situated 35 kilometers from the city of Bordeaux, the estate belonged to the Lagrange family for generations until it was purchased by La Société PESA in 2011.  Eric Lagrange, the son of the original owners, stayed on as the Cellar and Vineyard Manager.  Marguerite Bienvenu was brought on as the Director of the Estate.

 

Over the last three years, the new owners have invested heavily in the wine-making facilities – new tanks, barrels, thermo-vinification systems – as well as the expertise of respected Bordeaux oenologist Gregory Dalla Longa. As a result, the wines have moved to the next level, with optimal ripeness for the grapes and better fruit and tannin extraction.   This investment and attention to detail has begun to reap rewards, with medals won at prestigious competitions, including the Concours Agricole in Paris and the Concours de Bordeaux.

Terroir

The vineyard covers 30 hectares (75 acres), 20 of which are within the Bordeaux Supérieur Appellation.  The soils are clay and limestone and the average vine age is 30 years.  Grape varieties are 25% Merlot and 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, with average yields of 50 hectoliters per hectare.  Annual production is 900 hectoliters of red wine and 230 hectoliters of dry white Bordeaux.

 

Wine Making

Traditional, temperature-controlled vinification

Cold maceration prior to fermentation

3 weeks maceration on skins

Thermo-vinification

Oxygenation

Aged in cement and stainless steel vats

Oak barrel ageing for Cuvée Leah

Blending after regular tastings with the estate oenologist

The entire production is bottled at the Château

The Wines

Cuvée Michael 2014

Bordeaux

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

 

The beautiful deep purple color of the Cuvée Michael announces a fine nose of blackcurrant and chocolate. The palate displays opulent fruit and mild acidity.

 

Cuvée Sarah 2012

Bordeaux Supérieur

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

 

The intense color of the Cuvée Sarah precedes a complex bouquet of dark fruit and spices. Blackberry and plum on the palate add to the wine’s rich and generous character.

 

Cuvée Leah 2012

Bordeaux Supérieur

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Aged in oak barrels for 14 months, the Cuvée Leah is richly textured and medium-bodied. It shows a delicious abundance of black cherry and black currant notes.

 

Cuvée Izzy 2015

Bordeaux Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

 

Cuvée Izzy leads with a lively bouquet of fresh fruit and well balanced acidity. Sweet citrus, green apples, and a touch of tropical fruitiness grace the palate.

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