BACKGROUND: Situated on the edge of the village of Lalande de Pomerol, Château Perron dates back to 1647 and is one of the oldest properties in the appellation. It has belonged to the Massonie family for three generations and was, until the late 1990s, run by, the well-known and well respected, Michel Massonie, who not only founded the wine brotherhood of Lalande de Pomerol and was its first Bailli but who is also the current President of the Grand Conseil des Vins de Bordeaux. In 1999, Michel Massonie’s son, Bertrand, took over the day-to-day management of the property.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES: 25 years
GRAPE VARIETIES: 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 80% Merlot Noir
TERROIR: Sandy gravel top-soil on crasse de fer sub-soil
WINEMAKING/MATURING: Perron’s tiny vineyard is looked after with all the care that one might devote to a garden. The soil in betwen the rows of vines is either turned over or grassed over. De-budding takes place in April or May, and in June or July, the eastern facing vines are deleafed and the vines in general are thinned out. The vineyard is protected from disease and pests according to the lutte raisonnée principles that dictate only using the minimum quantity of product and only when necessary. Picking is done entirely by hand and the gapes are sorted manually when they arrive at the vat house.Vinification takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Each plot is vinified seperately and vatting takes between 3 to 5 weeks. Château Perron is aged in French oak barrels (30% new each year) from a selection of the country’s top coopers.
TASTING NOTES: Château Perron 2015 is a beautiful garnet-red hue with deep purple tints. The nose delivers a powerful, rich bouquet covering a broad aromatic array of red fruit, cinnamon, café and liquorice; a Lalande of fine complexity. The palate offers an impression of harmony, roundness and suppleness over a velvety tannin base. A subtle wine, full of finesse. The result of an excellent vintage, it will gain even greater complexity after a few years’ ageing in the bottle – for your delectation and delight.
AGEING: To drink from 2017. Cellaring potential: 5 – 10 years.