(2009 Vintage) Chateau Puygueraud is produced mainly from Merlot with, however, a proportion of Cabernet that is quite high for the region as well as a touch of Malbec with its peppery character. In 2005, all the Cabernet Sauvignon was pulled up and Cabernet Franc was planted in its place. This variety ripens earlier and is better suited to the terroir of the Cotes de Francs. The Cuvée George is produced in small quantities and, without being a “prestige” cuvee, is a nod to George Thienpont who appreciated cabernets and malbec. Unusually, it is a blend of 35% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, thus giving it great individuality of expression at a time when many wines seem to becoming more and more similar in style.
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) Rating: 89-91 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 4/06
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: (88-90) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 164 on Apr-06