A Remarkable Terroir
The delicacy, intensity, and structure of a red wine strongly depend on the quality of the internal surface of clay contained in the soil. The higher the internal density, the more a vineyard can produce grand cuvées from a single plot, our most special plot. We use no chemicals, and , we benefit from all-natural preparations. Our wines are honest and energetic with extra intensity on the nose and vibration on the palate. We are convinced this a better way to make wine.
Limited production and all the only vintages still available are featured below.
At Chateau Peyfaures, we believe in putting the grapes first. This philosophy permeates everything we do here, from sustainable organic practices in the vineyard, natural fermentations in the winery, and a deft hand with oak to enhance rather than mask the flavors of the fruit.
Seven generations have cared for the estate, with last in the line, Laurent Godeau staying on to work with the Moraes family, who purchased the Chateau in April of 2017.
Together they continue to carry on the traditions of the family while continuing to raise the quality with every vintage.
Most of the work is done in the field. Biodiversity is prized as a way to keep the vines in harmony with the land as evidenced by the lush grasses found between the vines. The vineyards are beautifully situated on clay-limestone soils in eastern Entre-deux-Mer, just across the Dordogne river from Saint Emilion and Pomerol. Like these two world class regions, Chateau Peyfaures focuses on Merlot, blending in Cabernet Franc and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon to create a wine with lush dark fruit and layered complexity.
Winemaking at Château Peyfaures harks back to a time before modern, large-scale productions, favoring instead the techniques used by the countless generations that originally brought fame to the region. Grapes
are gently crushed in a traditional basket press to emphasize aromatics and avoid harsh green notes. Because terroir is about more than simply grapes and soil, spontaneous fermentation is encouraged, utilizing the
natural, indegnous wild-yeast found in the winery rather than adding a culture formulated in a lab. The wines are a product of confidence, the acknowledgement of how little must be done to allow the fruit to shine. Minimal manipulations allow the excellent vineyards to show their unique character. The varied soils on the gentle slopes facing the top sites of Saint Emilion give the resulting wines a layered complexity.
There are no exact numbers or timetables for the wines of Château Peyfaures. We prefer to let each wine determine how much oak and time in the cellar is necessary. Nothing is rushed, and each block of vineyard is
fermented and aged separately to bring out its optimal character before blending. Each vintage creates variations in the wines’ character, but each bottle is uniquely Château Peyfaures. In keeping with our dedication to the classic style of Bordeaux, we make our wines with the structure and body that can stand the test of time.