Chateau Puygueraud 2001 (review)

87 points

From Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux.

This isn’t the first time I have reviewed this wine. This time from Canada, so the wine has not travelled so far.

Purgueraud is an impressive wine for the price, not because it has huge concentration or extraction. But rather because it is a rounded, well balanced wine. The 2001 is more delicate (though it is not particularly delicate) than the 2000, fresher more approachable.

It is more closed than it was. Very clean, but less fresh acids and flavour.

Savoury. Perhaps like a little brother to Potensac, with less density. Though in 2001, at 4 years of age, it is so close to Potensac in quality that most would buy this wine for drinking now (and over the next 3-4 years).

Here in Canada it is less than CAN$25. As a benchmark Devil’s Lair cabernet from Western Australia is $45, Potensac 2001 is $35 (still good value).

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