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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2009
Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2009
(search item no. 119892)
collectible wine

Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $149.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 L'Esprit des Pavots is spectacularly rich and intense with all the classic elements which characterize Les Pavots terroir: blueberry, vanilla bean, coffee, cacao bean, cedar, black currant, blackberry, blueberry and subtle notes of grey pepper. The property's younger vines contribute brighter fruit such as strawberry, black cherry and plum liqueur in addition to a touch of red pepper, which add to the wine's complex bouquet. The palate is rich, concentrated and full-bodied exhibiting abundant, youthful, yet supple tannins and a refined lingering finish. Fruit forward and enjoyable at release, this wine should age well for a decade.

Blend: 47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot

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About Peter Michael:

In 1982 Sir Peter and Lady Margaret Michael built the Peter Michael Winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California. The estate vineyards rest on steep hillsides ranging in elevation from 1100 to nearly 2000 feet. Of the nearly 600 estate acres, only about 20% are planted to grapes. Peter Michael Winery is best known for single-vineyard and estate grown Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Peter Michael Winery remains true to its commitment to growing classic grape varieties in small mountain vineyards in order to produce great wines using classical winemaking techniques. Given this covenant to the product, only a limited quantity will ever be available.