Our selection comes to us from Vignobles Gonfrier. Their story begins in 1962, when Paul Gonfrier moved to Bordeaux from Algeria, where he had been a successful vineyard owner. His first purchase in Bordeaux was Ch?teau Marsan, a run-down property that needed a lot of attention.
Gonfrier gave it the attention it deserved and, as his three sons arrived on the scene, each brought their own special talent to the ch?teau. As a result, it flourished. First, because it was situated on excellent soil and, second, because of the talent and dedication of the Gonfrier family.
In 1985, the sons were running the show and made a commitment to slowly increase the family's holdings by planting just five acres per year, securing a future for the next generation. That next generation is now, as the founder's grandsons have joined the family business. Paul passed away in 2014, and as a tribute to him, the family purchased Ch?teau Barreyre, a neighboring chateau whose history goes back to the 17th Century.
Ch?teau Barreyre is on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, where Merlot is the preferred grape and Cabernet Sauvignon plays a supporting role. That is the case here, with an 80/20 split. It's a local blend that's worked for over 400 years.
The 2014 vintage is one of the best "unknown" vintages in recent memory. Because is sits in the shadow of 2015 (an incredible year), it's often overlooked. But that should make it no less desirable. Here is a full, ripe and generous offering with all the fruit and presence worthy of the place.