About 20 years ago, I walked into Giddings in Devizes to buy some wine, I couldn’t help over hearing a conversation regarding the merits of a certain red and joined the discussion, one sip convinced me I’d found something really very special. For many years Chateau Cissac was our favourite, but with increasing popularity it became too expensive. The search for a successor had ended in a stunning success…
So, if you’re looking for an excellent red wine that doesn’t cost the earth, you’ve just discovered the gold medal winning needle in the haystack:
Chateau Pierrail was in decline until 1970 when it was bought and extensively renovated by the Demonchaux family. Since then they have restored the Chateau and its gardens, modernised the winemaking whilst observing the traditional methods to produce excellent bordeaux superior that is well above its ranking and frequently scores 87-90. Their techniques are based on quality and natural wine with restricted yields.
Alice Demonchaux introduces Chateau Pierrail
Chateau Pierrail cépage is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
It’s good on its own or with red meat: Duck, lamb or beef and good to pair with cheese although it needs care to achieve the best match.
A ‘second’ and excellent wine in its own right is produced – Cuvee Les Hauts de Naudon has also won many awards which consists of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and both reds are aged in high quality oak barrels. Alice informed me a Paris bistro takes a pallet of Naudon each month & I can understand why as its very good.
Their other wines are wonderful, fresh and aromatic:
Rose – Cabernet Sauvignon
Blanc – 70% Sauvignon blanc 30% Sauvignon Gris – both are well worth trying.
Chateau Pierrail is often compared to my other favourite red, Chateau Cissac. Alice has reliably informed me Chateau Pierrail is often rated the better of the two and after numerous comparisons, I agree.
Further information on Wine Searcher
If you try some, raise your glass to Alice and Jacques Demonchaux and their family for restoring Chateau Pierrail and producing such an excellent range of wines.