`Les Hauts de Perganson` Haut-Médoc

Haut-Médoc

Les Hauts de Perganson

Château Larose Perganson lies in Saint-Laurent-Médoc, on the border of Pauillac and Saint-Julien,...

next to the Château Latour vineyards. Here, winemaker Frank Bijon is producing a Cru Bourgeois that rivals the Classed Growths of the Médoc. Jean-Pierre du Pontet, the King's Council, purchased the Perganson estate at auction in 1719, which later became Pontet-Perganson when it was inherited by his youngest son. The Larose name first appeared in the 1830s, after Henry Delaroze became the owner in 1815. Sustainability has been key to Larose Perganson since 1999 and it is the first (and only) vineyard in Europe to have been awarded the highest Exemplary Level in Sustainable Development. They are so dedicated to sustainability that they keep bees on their property to help the declining bee population.

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Vineyards

The parcels used to produce the Château Larose 'Les Hauts de Perganson' are in the heart of the Château Trintaudon estate which sits on the borders of the Pauillac and St Julien appellations, with a very similar climate and soil profile to its neighbour Château Latour. The vines are on average 10 years old.

Vintage Information

An exceptionally cold and damp summer threatened the 2014 vintage. However, an unseasonably warm and dry autumn brought fruit back on track, which resulted in perfumed and high acidity in the wines. The reds are fresh, medium bodied with supple tannins and perfect for both early drinking and cellaring.

Vinification

'Les Hauts de Perganson' is vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats with 15% of the blend put into third and fourth-use barrels. The 2014 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Tasting Notes

This wine is deep ruby red in colour. Lush and ripe, the bouquet is full with aromas of blackberries, cassis, sweet spices and vanilla. On the palate, its velvety tannins are balanced with excellent acidity. A delicious Bordeaux blend ready to drink now.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 59% Cabernet Sauvignon
39% Merlot
1% Petit Verdot
1% Cabernet Franc
Region Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
Winemaker Franck Bijon
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.9g/l
Residual Sugar 0.3g/l
Wine pH 3.62