Biodynamic. As the name suggests, the blend is an atypical 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Franc—meaning the wine has to carry the Vin de France designation. But who cares, it’s a stunning example of Côtes de Blaye, blending regulations be damned!
The fruit comes from Peybonhomme’s limestone and clay soils in the Premières Côtes de Blaye (on the right bank overlooking the picturesque Gironde estuary). The vines that produce this cuvée are now 40 years old. The wine was wild yeast fermented and raised entirely in concrete, before being bottled unfiltered. No wood, so good!
Talk about atypic! This is superb—an intense, ripe, dark cherry and anise spice-noted wine with a twist of nettle and super-fine tannins. There is excellent depth and intensity and mouth-watering freshness to close. This has fabulous purity of fruit and is incredibly easy to drink. Yet another killer value from the Hubert family.