CPE-376

Red Bordeaux Blend, ‘L’Esprit des Pavots’, Peter Michael

L’Esprit des Pavots translates to “The Spirit of the Poppies.” First produced in the 2002 vintage, the wine was sourced from the younger vines on our estate. As the vineyard matured, “L’Esprit” has evolved into a more frankly Californian expression of our Les Pavots vineyard’s terroir. This bottling is now a full-fledged member of the Peter Michael family of wines. The blend for L’Esprit is a bit more free-form than Les Pavots, varying more from vintage to vintage. The wine is typically a bit more fruit forward and early drinking than Les Pavots but remains a true expression of the estate’s terroir.

L’Esprit des Pavots

High above Knights Valley
Eastern Sonoma County

Planted: 1989-1999
Red Bordeaux selection:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon:  33 acres
  • Cabernet Franc: 4 acres
  • Merlot: 11 acres
  • Petit Verdot: 1 acre

Elevation: 1,000 – 1,400 feet
Soil: Rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite
Exposure: Southerly

Producer:
Vintage:
2014
Country:
US
Region:
California
Appellation:
Knights Valley
Variety:
Blend - Bordeaux
Color:
Red
Case Pack:
12
Bottle Size:
750
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
93
Date:
July 2018
Review:
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon L’Esprit des Pavots is a dark, brooding wine. Deep and layered in the glass, with terrific aromatic intensity, the 2014 captures the essence of this Knights Valley site. In 2014, the Esprit is beautifully persistent and expressive. In short, this is a terrific vintage for L’Esprit.