Les Pavots Les Pavots Vineyard, Sonoma County Translated from the French: the poppies

Les Pavots
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Every one of our wines, regardless of varietal, is stamped with the image of a California poppy as an affectionate tribute to the orange flowers that covered the hillsides when Sir Peter first stood on this land. Many vineyards have roses planted at the end of the vineyard rows. We have wild poppies throughout.

Les Pavots is our flagship blend, and the wine Sir Peter had in his mind’s eye when he started his search for a vineyard site in 1976. It is made from grapes grown in the vineyard of the same name on our home estate. While the blend varies from vintage to vintage, it is typically two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and a final soupçon of Petit Verdot. We enjoy this refined Cabernet blend with its signature blueberry notes, hint of herbs de Provence and its wonderful expression of the full spectrum of red Bordeaux varietals.

Vineyard & Wine Details
Tasting Notes

Appellation

  • Knights Valley

Planted

  • 1989–1999
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sémillon

Elevation

  • 900–1,400 feet

Soil

  • Rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite

Exposure

  • Southerly

Notes

  • Rocky, perfectly drained soil couples with an ideal south-facing exposure and just enough heat to allow Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen perfectly.

Wines produced from the
Les Pavots Vineyard

Les Pavots

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L’Esprit des Pavots

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L’Après-Midi

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Coeur à Coeur

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