Haut-Médoc

Haut-Médoc

Awards

  • Gold - Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2013

Château Larose 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

Château Larose Perganson's 35 hectares of vineyards are located in St Laurent Médoc on Médoc's finest gravelly soils: gunzian gravel from the Quaternary and Pyrenean gravel. It produces consistently award-winning wines at a fraction of the price of its illustrious neighbours (Château Latour).

Vintage Information

A late harvest due to a bitter cold Winter and lower yields due to torrential rains during grape flowering and by drought conditions thereupon. Perfect ripeness was reached thanks to exceptional climatic conditions in September and October.The wines are massive yet fresher than in 2009 because of cooler temperatures.

Vinification

Grape sorting is carried out twice (post-harvest and after destemming), to ensure only the best grapes are used for fermentation. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to retain the primary bright fruit. Gentle punch downs minimise extraction of hard drying tannins. The wine is then blended and aged in French barriques, 50% new, for 12 to 16 months.

Tasting Notes

A clear, intense colour and a bouquet of black berries with spicier notes coming to the fore. On the palate the wine is full with great structure and freshness, as well as polished, elegant tannins. Plenty of flavour and complexity. A very long lasting finish with great finesse.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
45% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot
Region Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
Winemaker Franck Bijon
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 4.9g/l
Residual Sugar 0.2g/l
Wine pH 3.44