Château Peybonhomme Les Tours

Jean Luc, Catherine, and Guillaume Hubert
Merlot in the Cotes de Blaye, Bordeaux
Château Peybonhomme circa 1910
Bordeaux
Vines and leaves in front of Chateau Peybonhomme
Compost and preparations at Chateau Peybonhomme
Aerating the soil mitigates the need for chemical fertilizers.

The Hubert Family

Merlot grapes at Château Peybonhomme Les Tours

Postcard of Château Peybonhomme from the early 1900's

Bordeaux

Château Peybonhomme in August

Biodynamic Preparations at Chateau Peybonhomme

Ploughing at Château Peybonhomme

who? what? when? where? why? how?

who grows the grapes? who makes the wines?

Jean-Luc and Catherine Hubert are the fifth generation in Catherine’s family to own and operate Château Peybonhomme Les Tours. Along with their son Guillaume, they farm the estate and make the wines themselves, and represent the largest certified Biodynamic estate in the Côtes de Blaye.

We first met Jean-Luc at the Renaissance des Appelations tastings in New York and then again in the Loire Valley and were seduced by the quality of the wines and by Jean-Luc’s down to earth approach to selling them. If the “Bordelais” have a reputation for being distant and a bit snooty, it is certainly not due to Jean-Luc’s approach to wines. The family is all at once rooted in the region and a refreshing break from tradition.

Peybonhomme family
Peybonhomme family
Peybonhomme family
Peybonhomme family
Jean Luc Hubert

Peybonhomme family

Peybonhomme family

Peybonhomme family

Peybonhomme family

Jean Luc Hubert

what wines do they make?

The Hubert family makes the type of Bordeaux that we love and can afford to drink. These are wines that eschew the quest for critical acclaim and “perfection” and instead are consistently balanced, age-worthy and drinkable. The Cru Bourgeois from Peybonhomme is an ideal glass of Bordeaux for easy meals or grazing with appetizers. The “Clairet” is a pink wine with a backbone – not a pronounced backbone – but just enough tannin to provide enough grip for a broad range of pairings. “Le Blanc de Peybonhomme” is a departure from classic white Bordeaux offerings and it took the Chicago market by storm when we first introduced it in 2011.
le blanc bonhomme
A darker rosé than most, with fine tannin.
A runaway best seller for Candid Wines from Bordeaux.
Biodynaimc Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, and Malbec
A darker rosé than most, with fine tannin.
Biodynaimc Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, and Malbec

le blanc bonhomme

Rosé in the "Clairet" style from Peybonhomme

Le Blanc from Château Peybonhomme

Château Peybonhomme's Cru Bourgeois

Rosé in the "Clairet" style from Peybonhomme

Château Peybonhomme's Cru Bourgeois


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Cru Bourgeois

Le Blanc

Le Clairet


Learn more about Cru Bourgeois, Le Blanc and Le Clairet.

when did the winery start? when might you open a bottle?

The Château at Peybonhomme dates to before the French Revolution and the Hubert Family, on Catherine’s side has been farming the surrounding vineyards for the last five generations.

Somewhat ironically, the white wine of Peybonhomme, “Le Blanc”, might be the wine with the loftiest culinary aspirations. We would not discourage pairing the red “Cru Bourgeois” with any dish that you might think of for Merlot dominated wines from the right bank, but the wine seems to be most comfortable with well made bistro fare. Le Blanc, though not expensive, can accompany the most elaborate of white fish and gently sauced pork dishes. We believe that both wines will continue to evolve in captivating ways over the decade following their release.

Château Peybonhomme
Chateau Peybonhomme circa 1910

Château Peybonhomme in a postcard circa 1900

Postcard of Chateau Peybonhomme from the early 1900's

where is the winery?

The Château sits on the banks of the Gironde river in the Côtes de Blaye, some four or five miles north east of Margaux and roughly the same distance to the south west of Paulliac. Happily for us, the area was outside of the land that was deemed to produce the finest grapes at the time of the “Classification of Bordeaux” and that is key to lower land prices which in turn means lower wine prices today.

With vineyards that slope down to a major river, benefit from excellent drainage and exposure, Château Peybonhomme has all the geographic elements needed to grow excellent grapes and the Hubert family’s careful farming maximizes this potential year in and year out.

Bordeaux
Château Peybonhomme, in front of the Gironde River in Bordeaux.
Vines and leaves in front of Chateau Peybonhomme
Cotes de Blaye - the vineyards at Château Peybonhomme

Bordeaux

Château Peybonhomme, in front of the Gironde River in Bordeaux.

Chateau Peybonhomme in August

The tower and vineyards at Château Peybonhomme

why is it a Candid Wine? why might you want to taste it?

The divide in Bordeaux between trophy wines accessible only to the super rich and the everyday wines on which our love for the region is based, is massive and it is responsible for too many insipid, over-ripe, over oaked wines, the nature of which speaks to the ego of the winemaker instead of anything happening in the vines. Our first taste of Château Peybonhome Les Tours was an amazingly fresh breath of air.

You might want to try these wines if you are a fan of layered, traditionally styled Bordeaux who can not justify $40 to $4000 for a bottle of wine on a Wednesday night, or if you are interested to see what organic and biodynamic farming can do in a region which has only recently seen a renaissance in agricultural practices.

Compost and preparations at Chateau Peybonhomme
Preparing the biodynamic sprays at Château Peybonhomme

Biodynamic Preparations at Chateau Peybonhomme

The "Dynamiseur" at Château Peybonhomme

Either way, we suspect you will enjoy the change of pace these wines represent and the change you will recieve if you pay with a twenty dollar bill.

Read more about the family and the château on their website.

We owe thanks to David Lillie at Chambers Street Wines in New York, whose palette we admire, for his suggestion that we taste with Jean-Luc Hubert a few years ago.

how is it made?

The Hubert’s family aim for each glass of wine from Peybonhomme is to achieve a balance between the myriad elements that come together at each phase of the wine growing and wine making processes. Balance in the vineyard means that they strive to encourage life at every turn and eschew chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Balance at harvest means that they pick the grapes when natural acidities are high, but so are sugars so that they need never add one or the other in the winery.
Aerating the soil mitigates the need for chemical fertilizers.

Ploughing at Château Peybonhomme

Balance in the winery means that they capitalize on the life in the vineyards and rely on native yeasts for all fermentations and seek oak barrels that will impart structural support and subtle flavors that complement the grapes they work so hard to grow.