Chateau Paloumey, Haut-Medoc, 2016

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Great deal on an up-and-coming Haut-Medoc producer that is reapidly improving since the son took over the estate. Pure, classic left bank that you can drink now with a burger or put away for 10-15 years. A very happy discovery for us!

Paloumey is located in the lower Haut-Médoc, near 3rd growth La Lagune. It was founded in 1989 by Martine Cazeneuve, a woman who could see that, despite possessing neither vines nor a cellar, the soils had potential.

Eventually the estate attained Cru Bourgeois classification, validating Martine’s vision.

On our trip last year, however, the vision that excited us belonged to Martine’s son, Pierre.

Pierre began taking over from mom in 2015, immediately moving towards organic viticulture and a subtler approach in the cellar. He seeks advice from his friends (and biodynamic wine legends) Thierry Germain and the cousins Vacheron, indicating an ambition to make great wine.

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Wine Spectator

WS 90
"A polished and ripe style, with plum and blackberry puree flavors pumping through, inlaid with singed vanilla and tobacco notes and backed by a solid graphite spine."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 93
"This rich, smoothly textured wine is sophisticated and full of black fruits. A blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, it comes from deep gravel soil in the south of the Médoc. Rich and full, with a mint perfume from the wood aging, the wine should be ready to drink from 2023." -Roger Voss

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