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Le P'tit Paysan Cabernet Sauvignon
Le P'tit Paysan ( I. Brand )
United States - California - Central Coast

Le P'tit Paysan is a medium-full bodied wine with low alcohol, nuances of dark black fruit, purple violets, and a slight hint of dried herbs to explode in the nose and on the palate. The combination of well-drained, alluvial soils, old vines, daytime heat, and nighttime cool, creates fruit that is uncommonly structured and ripe, yet fresh and mineral driven.

Specifications
Appellation
Central Coast
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Soil type
sandy, calcarious and rocky alluvial deposits
Vinification
Cab is sourced from 2 vyds: the 60 yr old Brigantino Vineyard originally planted for Almaden and the 45yr old Wheeler Ranch growing in calcareous alluvial deposits over the San Benito Arroyo. Petite Verdot from Paicines AVA, rocky alluvial deposits above the Tres Pinos arroyo. All vineyards experience warm days, cold nights typical of the Central Coast, allowing these late ripening Bordeaux varieties to be picked at high acidity and moderate sugars.
Fermented whole berry, (grapes that are de-stemmed), allowing slower extraction, of tannins into the must, within several lots. Pressed after approximately 20 days. Aged for 11 months on lees in mostly neutral barrels with a couple of new barrels sprinkled in.
Production
2,400 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Pairs well with steak, duck, game, hearty stews, ribs, and dark, rich sauces.

Reviews and News

2018 Le P'tit Paysan Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 PTS - WE

2018 Le P'tit Paysan Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"From a secret selection of old vines, Ian Brand delivers aromas of dried blackberry, leather, cocoa and a touch of lavender on the very dry nose. The palate is tightly wound with tannins and a rocky minerality, offering flavors of black currant, pastry and coffee bean. - Matt KETTMANN."
- Wine Enthusiast (October 2020), 92 pts

2016 Le P'tit Paysan Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

2016 Le P'tit Paysan Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"Warm aromas of baked red cherry and caramel grow more complex due to a gravelly minerality and hints of peppercorns on the nose of this bottling by Ian Brand. The palate leads with oregano and pepper, those spices overwhelming the fruit, and the rocky minerality continues, leading into a cocoa-laced finish. It is a lithe and lively style of Cab."
- Wine Enthusiast (June 2018), 91 pts - Editors' Choice

Producer Information: Le P'tit Paysan ( I. Brand )

Ian and Heather Brand founded I Brand Family Wines in Central Coast California in 2008. Ian’s first winery job was with Bonny Doon Winery; he then went to work for ...
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