The 2013 Château Peyros Vieilles Vignes wine is a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc. The grapes came from vines between 40 and 50 years old. The wine spent about 12 months in oak barrels - 40% new - before being bottled. It's not only a powerful wine, as Tannat is wont to be, it's reportedly one of the healthier wines, too. Tannat grapes apparently have lots of procyanidins, said to be good for keeping blood pressure and cholesterol low.
The wine is imported by Baron François of New York City. It hits 13% abv and sells for less than $20 in most places.
This dark, dark wine smells of tobacco and tar, with a blackberry backbeat. On the palate, you've got some strong tannins - to be expected from an 80% Tannat wine - and flavors of plum made savory, as if the plum skin is included. If you want a wine to pair with a big, fatty steak, here ya go. Decant before enjoying with a meal of substance, like beef, duck or a hearty stew.