Cellar work is gentle and intentional, with the primary objective of high quality and purity. Each parcel is vinified separately, then tested for quality and blended at the end. Use of sulfur dioxide is strictly limited for most cuvées, and not used at all in their young, fresh Cuvée Sans Soufre. The top cuvées are hand-harvested, fully destemmed, and fermented spontaneously with native yeasts in 500L French oak barrels that are four and five years old. Total production of this artisan-scale winery is 45-50,000 bottles a year.
Châtau Puynard produces a range of wines from their 16 hectares of estate vineyards, with a youthful point of view, centered around innovation, maximum drinkability and enjoyment. In many ways, Puynard breaks the old Bordeaux mold, opening the door to alternative viticultural possibilities for the region. To start, they produce an iconoclastic low-ABV Blanc de Noirs from their old vine cabernet sauvignon with a very slight copper tint – fresh citrus fruits and peach. Their super-limited natural Rosé, the most compelling pink wine we have experienced from the region, is a low-ABV, lively, and crushable direct-press rosé made from merlot. The heart of Château Puynard’s production is centered around Cuvée Tradition, an assembly of merlot parcels throughout the estate, vinified in stainless steel for the preservation of fruit purity and maximum freshness. Cuvée Tradition updates the Bordeaux flavor profile, offering immediate drinkability and a food friendliness that makes it perfect for restaurants.
‘The Steps’ is a limited, top-of-the-range cuvée from selected old plots of merlot and cabernet sauvignon, offering a harmonious and complex wine with excellent structure, without sacrificing drinkability. There is also a Cuvée Sans Soufre, similar to Cuvée Tradition, is a super-drinkable red wine made from a selection of merlot vines fermented in cement tanks, without added sulfur dioxide. The result is a clean, fruit-forward, youthful natural wine that reflects its Bordeaux origins. Last, but not least, are the limited cuvées of L’Attache (100% old-vine merlot) and Le Chêne (from the oldest cabernet sauvignon parcels), produced in very small quantities when the vintage allows.
We feel that Château Puynard is at the vanguard of experimentation and quality, representing the spirit and energy of ‘New Bordeaux’ with their team’s charisma and enthusiasm. Puynard offers a new, sustainable vision for the Bordeaux region, based around collaboration and openness, and working in harmony with the natural environment. We are here for it!