Chateau Haut La Pereyre Rouge

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Chateau Haut La Pereyre Rouge
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This domaine started life in 1881 in the prestigious, if small and under the radar, appellation of Haut-Benauge in Bordeaux’s Entre-Deux-Mers region. It sold its wine in bulk to traders over the years until Olivier Cailleux’s parents began to estate bottle in 1974. Olivier himself was given the keys to the domaine in 1994; he is the sixth generation to manage the family affairs. Haut-Benauge refers to the coveted high ground inland from the historic river town of Cadillac, which looks across the Garonne to the appellation of Graves. This hill country’s south-facing slopes and good drainage make for prime vineyard land and is why the sector was granted its own appellation in 1955. The AOC is reserved for dry and sweet white wines—red wine falls under the larger AOC umbrella of Bordeaux Supérieur—but both colors do equally well here. Olivier reserves 8 of his 51 hectares for the production of his two most important wines, the Haut-La Péreyre red and white. Those 8 hectares equal 20 acres, and he farms pragmatically, according to the principals of lutte raisonnée, or reasoned fight. They represent his best terroirs. This is a blend of roughly 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, made in tank and bottled without filtration. Unlike so much inexpensive red wine today, this does not taste like fruity Kool-Aid on steroids; instead, with its nose of graphite and its earthy flavors, it tastes like Bordeaux. Some 4,500 cases are made each year.

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