Peybonhomme Les Tours and La Grolet (Blaye and Cotes de Bourg) BIODYNAMIC

Another great find of our trip was that rarely-seen animal, biodynamic Bordeaux. Bordeaux is very conservative and until recently there were just a handful of estates which had switched to Bio. Jean-Luc and Catherine Hubert have two Chateaux at the west end of the Right Bank, Peybonhomme-Les-Tours in Blaye and La Grolet in the Cotes de Bourg. Both have been Biodynamic since 2000. They live in Peybonhomme and work in La Grolet. Sometimes there can be, er, confusion about where we’re meeting. No worries, it’s only eight or nine kms. Their son Guillaume makes the wine. We adore their fleshy, supple and clear textures. La Grolet has the extra structure that you find in many on the Cotes de Bourg. Peybonhomme is an oddity as the only estate outside the Medoc allowed to include “Cru Bourgeois” on its label. Catherine’s Grandfather won the right back in the early 1900s, pre-dating the Blaye appellation. The Medocians took him to court and he won, so the judgment stands. Love the wines, love the labels!