Peter Michael Les Pavots 2017
From highly sought-after Peter Michael winery and French winemaker Nick Morlet, the Peter Michael 'Les Pavots'. Cabernet Blend It's big, bold, earthy and delicious, with lots of dark fruit and developed tannins. It is ready-ish to drink now or you can stash it away for 10 years or more. The question then becomes: are you the hedonistic type, or more of a self disciplinarian?
Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "Bright and energetic, with soaring aromatics, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots is utterly captivating from the first taste. A rush of blackberry, crushed rocks, graphite, rose petal, mint, lavender and blue/purplish fruit builds in the glass. All the pedigree of Knights Valley is on display. The 2017 is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. It spent 18 months in Taransaud and Darnajou barrels. The team opted to bulk out 40% of the wine, so production is down sharply. The wine that was bottled, well, it's pretty special. Drinking window: 2022-2037." Apr 2020
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Les Pavots comes from Knights Valley AVA. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with vivacious notes of crushed black berries, Black Forest cake, blueberry compote and blackcurrant cordial with touches of camphor, lavender, tapenade and cigar box plus hints of mocha and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with muscular black fruits, framed by firm grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and savory. Drink date: 2021-2035." Feb 2020
Winery: "Every one of our wines, regardless of varietal, is stamped with the image of a California poppy as an affectionate tribute to the orange flowers that covered the hillsides when Sir Peter first stood on this land. Many vineyards have roses planted at the end of the vineyard rows. We have wild poppies throughout. Les Pavots is our flagship blend, and the wine Sir Peter had in his mind’s eye when he started his search for a vineyard site in 1976. It is made from grapes grown in the vineyard of the same name on our home estate.
While the blend varies from vintage to vintage, it is typically two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and a final soupçon of Petit Verdot. We enjoy this refined Cabernet blend with its signature blueberry notes, hint of herbs de Provence and its wonderful expression of the full spectrum of red Bordeaux varietals."
|Varietal||62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot|
|Aging||18 months in 100% French oak barrels