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Chateau de Panigon 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This most seductive of wines first reveals its potential with its intense garnet red color. With a sublime delicacy of aromatic expression it associates blackberry and blackcurrant with a hint of toasted notes. The palate is rich, the tannins ripe and the finish is lingering and full of fruit. It will find its best expression as an accompaniment to grilled steak, a rack of lamb or a roasted duck breast.

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This structured, fruity wine has a core of dense tannins. The firm smokiness from wood marries well with the blackberry fruit and tight acidity. Well balanced, and likely to age well...
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Chateau de Panigon

Chateau de Panigon

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Chateau de Panigon, Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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Today the Chateau Panigon estate is composed of 90 hectares in the AOC Medoc region grouped around and about the domain, of which 53 hectares are planted with vines and producing wine at the moment. The running of the Chateau Panigon estate is still, to this day, a family affair. The daughter and son-in-law of the owners, Corinne Leveilley Dadda and Georges Dadda, assumed the management of the Château in 2006, resolutely committed to producing red and rosé wines of excellence with absolute respect for Medoc traditions.

With a progressive replanting program, the use of reasoned vineyard management techniques and investments in new farming machinery, the new management has firmly engaged in a project of modernization and quality to enable them to extract the very best from this exceptional terroir.

One of the most—if not the most—famous red wine regions of the world, the Medoc reaches from the city of Bordeaux northwest along the left bank of the Gironde River almost all the way to the Atlantic. Its vineyards climb along a band of flatlands, sandwiched between the coastal river marshes and the pine forests in the west. The entire region can only claim to be three to eight miles wide (at its widest), but it is about 50 miles long.

While the Medoc encompasses the Haut Medoc, and thus most of the classed-growth villages (Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St-Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe) it is really only those wines produced in the Bas-Medoc that use the Medoc appellation name. The ones farther down the river, and on marginally higher ground, are eligible to claim the Haut Medoc appellation, or their village or cru status.

While the region can’t boast a particularly dramatic landscape, impressive chateaux disperse themselves among the magically well-drained gravel soils that define the area. This optimal soil draining capacity is completely necessary and ideal in the Medoc's damp, maritime climate. These gravels also serve well to store heat in cooler years.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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