The wines of Chateau Perron have been on Nick’s radar since 2008 when he spotted their Perron La Fleur at the En Primeur tastings that April. Owned by the Massonie family, Chateau Perron is one of the oldest properties in Lalande de Pomerol, dating back to 1642. The chateau lies near to the church of Lalande de Pomerol, built in the 12th century by the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, the Knights of Malta. Chateau Pierrefitte is their Second Wine and the 2014 stood out as one simply not to be missed.
Pierrefitte is tiny, as is typical of the vineyards within Lalande de Pomerol, and spans 8.64 acres. The Massonie’s were originally negociants in northern France (established in the 1890s) and bought Chateau Perron in 1958. Since then the succeeding 3 generations of the family have worked tirelessly to expand and improve the vineyard. Michel Massonie, not only founded the Lalande de Pomerol’s wine brotherhood but was also one time President of the Grand Conseil des Vins des Bordeaux. Michel’s son, Bertrand, runs the estate today and produces Perron wines together with the famous oenologist Michel Rolland. Perron’s wines have a cult following in France and Belgium, with at least 10% of all their production going to private clients . . . so we are delighted to have acquired this parcel of Chateau Pierrefitte for our customers in the UK.
Lalande de Pomerol may not have as high a profile as its prestigious neighbour, Pomerol, but this is a good thing for wine lovers. Clarets produced here don’t have the price tag that Pomerol wines do. Pomerol heavy weights eclipse these petits chateaux causing customers to miss out on some superb wines. Lalande de Pomerol has a similar history and pedigree to that of Pomerol and they are only separated from one another by the Barbanne stream. Savvy chateaux owners are well aware of this and the 1990s and 2000s saw a number of new owners of wine estates in Lalande de Pomerol, many of whom have made significant investments in properties; Chateau Grand Ormeau for example is owned by Jean-Claude Beton, the inventor of the famous little round Orangina bottle. More importantly, several owners of top ranking Bordeaux chateaux have expanded into the region – the owners of Premier Cru Chateau Latour purchased Chateau Siaurac as recently as 2014 and Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is owned by Hubert de Bouard de Laforest of Premier Cru Chateau Angelus . . . need we say more?
Chateau Pierrefitte will age well and deserves decanting to allow it to develop. It’s lovely with peppercorn steak, venison, beer braised beef and pan fried duck but also pairs well with truffle and mushroom based dishes and rich Asian cuisine.
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