Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, France
The chateau has been in Jean-Luc Hubert’s family since 1895. It is currently the largest biodynamic vineyard in Bordeaux, and Peybonhomme, together with their other holdings (Ch. La Grolet in Cotes de Bourg purchased in 1997, and another Blaye property bought in 2011), makes the Huberts the largest biodynamic producers in Bordeaux.
The estate comprises some 60 hectares of vineyard, meadow, forest and wetland.
The soil is clay-limestone, with important fossil deposits. The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec , on hills overlooking the Gironde estuary. The final blend is usually around 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec.
The wine-making is traditional, with the only interventions being temperature control and minimal sulfur.
The wine ferments spontaneously on native yeasts, but at a controlled low temperature to retain the fruit. Very little sulphur is used (90 mg/L, half of conventional practices). The wines are moved by gravity wherever possible, and see 1 year of ageing, with one third in barrels of various ages (1-3 years). They clarify naturally with cold winter temperatures. Very light filtration at bottling.