Selected Puy Redon Reviews & Press

Buying Wine in British Columbia
Is it Olivier LeFlaive? No. No, it’s not Hospice de Beaune. It’s from Bergerac, a region you might be hard pressed to locate on a map. You’ll want to visit after half a bottle. What balance. What sensational balance. Honestly, this was just a wine of exceptional craftsmanship, it didn’t veer towards the barrel or overpower with acidity or accidentally find itself in a corner knee deep in butterscotch. It was honed or finessed or managed to a brutal simplicity, toasty nuts, wild honey, tropical blossoms. Just a treat. An absolute treat. One of the reasons we drink so much different wine is to discover something like this. Did I say wow?


Cellar Tracker
The 2011 is the first vintage to be released of this miniscule production rebel wine project from Bordeaux’s neighboring region of Bergerac and the team behind the iconic Saint Emilion – Château Angélus. It is a unique Chardonnay blend with a touch of Petit Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc. This is a great pop and pour white that offers some complexity and a spectrum of nuances at this price point. Expect notes of apple, lemon peel, grassiness, acacia honey, a touch of oak, and minerality – a signature from the calcareous soils of the region. There is a yin-yang component with its rich glycerin texture and high acidity that makes for a great food wine. Pair with Asian-based lemongrass dishes or a classic goat cheese.


Logis de la Cadène—3, Place du Marché au Bois (05 57 24 71 40)

This two-story restaurant below the massive cathedral spire is a century and a half old, and a respected institution in Saint-Émilion. For dinner, dress at least semi-casual. Unwrap a leather strand from your starched linen napkin while a fleet of petite women wearing midnight-blue dresses choreograph your service with smooth precision. Choose from a seven-plate, five-wine tasting menu, or a four-course, three-wine “Discovery” version (hint—avoid option one if you ate lunch). The first page of the wine list includes the best—Les Premiers de Bordeaux—from a low of $560 for a Pavie to $3200 for a bottle of Mouton Rothschild. Unsurprisingly, only 7% of 360 listed wines on the entire list are non-French. The restaurant owner also owns renowned local Château Angélus. I enjoyed a glass of the 2013 Domaine Puy Redon Chardonnay, from the Dordogne department to the northeast. Crisp, sharp and mildly citric, this could be mistaken for a Burgundy.
Bordeaux Chardonnay may seem standard at first glance, but when it is signed by one of the most renowned oenologist of the right bank, Hubert de Boüard (co-owner of Château Angélus), it becomes more interesting. Created in 2006, the Vin de pays de l’Atlantique denomination allows the use of Chardonnay the AOC did not. Quite seductive and impeccably balanced, this white presents great freshness and roundness, supported by flavours of toasted almonds, white fruits, acacia honey and butter.


Wine In Black
Ce qui nous a mis la puce à l’oreille au départ, c’est que lors de leurs réceptions, le Château Angélus n’hésite pas à le proposer à ses hôtes. Certes, on sait qu’Hubert à la manœuvre, mais tout de même…
Le comité de dégustation Wine in Black a pensé : ça plaira aux amateurs de Bourgogne, car on sent bien la trame du Chardonnay, sa délicatesse florale, son côté brioché ; et ça plaira aux bordelais, car la chaleur et le terroir lui donnent un peu plus de mâche et de rondeur, sur les arômes de fruits jaunes à noyau, l’abricot bien mûr… La parfaite maîtrise de l’élevage permet à la cuvée de se surpasser grâce à sa très belle structure, sa finale exotique et légèrement vanillée.

Mais entendons-nous bien, on ne dit pas que ce vin est consensuel, mais plutôt qu’il est très bien fait, et que tout amateur de vin, connaisseur ou néophyte devrait apprécier tout le soin que l’on a mis à l’élaboration de cette cuvée, et croyez-nous, ce n’est pas rien !

Critiques et Notes
RVF Les Trophées du vin : ‘Homme de l’année’ 2013


The Grand Châteaux of Bordeaux: book by teNeues