Chateau Pey La Tour 2012 Bordeaux

August 27, 2015 § 1 Comment

Price: $16.49 ($19.06 including taxes and deposit)Chateau Pey La Tour 2012

Score: 6.5

Bordeaux has always been a mystery of sorts to me. My first experiences with it, unlike those of Chianti Classico, were not impressive at all. I found the wines, that I could afford, to be thin, tannic and not worthy of the heaps of praise and pretty penny the wines of Bordeaux receive. That is until I tried the great wines of Bordeaux and I quickly found out that if you are willing to pay top dollar ($800-$3000/bottle) you will always get a wonderful wine, however it is only in the best of Bordeaux vintages, does the lovely seductive body, perfumes and flavours of classic Bordeaux, transcend to the affordability of the everyday.

I spent a Sunday morning reading what I think is the world’s best wine periodical, Decanter, and it was all about Bordeaux. As my mouth started to water I took the decision to enjoy a bottle of Bordeaux that very evening. Being a relative neophyte I contacted a friend of mine who makes a living at choosing the great from the average in Bordeaux. She counselled me to select the 2012 instead of the 2011 and I am glad that I did.

The 2012 Chateau Pey La Tour is a fine wine and a very enjoyable expression of the ‘Right Bank’ (Merlot focussed) wines of Bordeaux. Lovely aromas, good body, supple long finish, complexity of flavours and structure. Yup enjoyable, however at close to $20 I’m expecting more than what I would get out of a Bordelaise wines like Chateau de Courtleliac ($13) or Chateau La Gorce ($13). I really liked it, was thankful for the experience, but as an everyday wine the value is in the lower priced wines.

Purchased At: BC Liquor Stores

Section: France

Cork Closure

Food: Steak, roasted red meats, hearty casseroles; Foodie Wine

Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

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§ One Response to Chateau Pey La Tour 2012 Bordeaux

  • Mark says:

    I concur with your commentary on low-end Bordeaux – particularly if the wine comes from a more typical vintage with more typical flavour profile (2006, 2008, 2011). But even in more “difficult” vintages – such as 2012 – I have to disagree that only the over-priced wines of the 1855 classification (an absurdly outdated list – if concentrating on the Medoc – but also the 1955 classification of St. Emilion) “always” produce the finest wines in the Bordeaux style; this is simply untrue. I regularly select wines from the 25 to 150 dollar range (admittedly not cheap, exactly) which compete with a multitude of 2nd and 3rd growths – not a few of the latter of which lie on their sides in my cellar.

    Like you, perhaps, I look for the gems at the 15 to 20 dollar level – not only for myself, but as introductory wines for friends who can then afford to purchase themselves should they like what they get. Yes, they are usually a bit rougher, lacking in elegance and balance, but you won’t notice these flaws after about 2 glasses anyway. And they are, as they say, very “Bordeaux” – able to offer a reasonable introduction to the style.

    Pey la Tour 2012 is currently on sale for 14.49 plus tax, and if you pony up another 5 dollars, you get Pey la Tour Reserve du Chateau 2010/11 which is noticeably better.

    I continue to enjoy your crisp, well-written reviews.


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