Château Le Puy
The search for value and a different style in Bordeaux can be a long and ultimately fruitless one. For some, too many of the wines of Bordeaux taste the same, are too slick and modern, and of course they are also too expensive. In the wines of Château Le Puy, however, we may have found an antidote to some, but probably not all, of these problems.
Made by the Amoreau family for several hundred years, the wines of Château Le Puy do not conform to any of the more frequently encountered Bordeaux forms. The estate is owned by a family, not by a conglomerate or insurance company. The vineyards are managed using organic and biodynamic methods, with full and appropriate certification. The work in the winery is low or indeed non-intervention.
The style is therefore distinctive, and a world away from the prevailing image of modern Bordeaux. Where the two are similar, perhaps, is the price; these are no bargain-basement wines, despite the peripheral appellation within which they are made. But before I come to details on the wines, and my opinions of them, a little history and an examination of the vineyards and winemaking seems appropriate.