|L’Esprit des Pavots means “The Spirit of the Poppies.” This wine
was grown primarily in the original Les Pavots vineyard blocks
that we completely replanted between 1996 and 1999 due to
phylloxera. In replanting, we spared no expense, utilizing only the
rarest and best clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet
Franc and Petit Verdot. The 2006 vintage wine made from these
young vine blocks captures the “spirit” of the Les Pavots terroir.
Spectacularly rich and intense, the 2006 L’Esprit des Pavots
displays all the features which characterize the Les Pavots terroir:
blueberry, vanilla beans, licorice, chocolate, cedar and coffee. The
fruit of younger vines brings additional aromas of black cherries,
strawberry, plums and red pepper to the complex bouquet. The
palate is full-bodied, rich and concentrated, exhibiting abundant,
youthful yet supple tannins and a lingering finish. Fruit forward
and enjoyable at release, this wine should age well for a decade.