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A Must-Have Haut-Médoc Returns


For a few years now, we’ve been writing about Pierre Cazeneuve, the ambitious young man at the helm of Château Paloumey. He is driving his estate to greater heights with sensitive winemaking and sustainable farming. The vines are only a stone’s-throw from La Lagune, and just down the street from another Flatiron favorite, Cantemerle.

We visited the estate in 2018, and it was clear then that this was an estate to watch. Pierre, who had just taken the reins from his mother, was already farming organically, taking advice from friends like Thierry Germain and the cousins Vacheron. His touch in the cellar was noticeably lighter than his mom's, too, allowing the freshness and purity of the fruit to shine a little more.

About a year ago, we offered the 2016 Haut-Médoc, a beautiful, classic Left Bank red from a superb vintage. The wine sold well, and what little made it to the shelves was quickly snapped up by savvy customers. We bought some more. It sold out again. And again; we simply could not keep this wine in stock.

Good news: the 2016 is back, and another year of age has only enhanced the texture and complexity of the wine, which is fresh, floral, and utterly delicious. At the risk of repeating ourselves, this was a sensational vintage for the region, qualitatively and stylistically similar to 2010. It will age for at least another 8-10 years, making this a great, affordable choice for the cellar.  

More good news: the pricing is exactly the same as it was when we offered it the first time. In fact, it’s the same price we offered the previous vintage (2015) when we first wrote about Paloumey in 2018. Now's your moment! 

Chateau Paloumey, Haut-Medoc, 2016