Chateau Pey La Tour is a relative newcomer to the wine world. It was founded in 1840 by the Dourthe family, who also own eight other estates in Bordeaux. They are a newcomer by Bordeaux standards. By California standards, they are about 100 years older than the oldest winery in the state.
The beauty of this wine is that it is from the 2014 vintage. Bordeaux is a very vintage-driven area, more so than most wine regions. That can be a double-edged sword. 2013 may have been the worst vintage in history. Some 600 wineries of the 8,000 in the area went out of business because they couldn't make any wine at all. The 2014 vintage was much heralded as a savior, until 2015. The 2015 vintage is truly one of the greats of all time.
So, as is the custom here, everybody forgot about 2014, which drove the prices down. The beauty is that, whether 2014 is as good or not as 2015, the prices are almost half, while the wine is extremely good quality. I've tasted many from both vintages, and am amazed at how great the 2014 vintage is from nearly every ch?teau.
Our selection is 88% Merlot, but the presence and power is remarkable. The aromas of blueberry and chocolate surrounded by a robe of fresh earth, licorice and leather leave you with just enough breath to swallow. The demonstrative finish is nothing short thunderous as it coats every part of the palate with sensual, alluring complexity.