(2010 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.
International Wine CellarGood deep red. Currant and spices on the nose. Fresh, juicy flavors of currant, menthol and licorice, further brightened by a minerality rare for the vintage. Nicely dense and smooth, finishing with supple tannins and very good length. This seems much more successful in 2003 than the basic Puygueraud bottling. Thienpont notes that the George is often vegetal at first, but the cabernets obviously achieved ripeness in 2003.
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2006
Robert ParkerRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006