Chateau Pipeau 2004
"Dense purple in color, with intense aromas of ripe fruit, spices and espresso. Full-bodied and chewy, with lots of fruit and velvety tannins. Impressive concentration for the vintage, yet balanced, caressing and enjoyable. Excellent. Best after 2011."
"A classic St.-Emilion fruit bomb, the medium to full-bodied 2004 Pipeau is loaded with black cherry and cassis fruit. Lush and opulent with no hard edges or angularity, this in-your-face offering will please the masses. Bordeaux needs more wines that deliver this kind of character and quality at this price point. Drink it over the next decade."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Over time, the family passion has expanded, upgraded the vineyard while developing the reputation of the castle. The application of its winemakers a fact that they are the fruit exceptional grapes that are harvested. And winemaking combines juvénilité technical advances in art acquired and transmitted to force vintages. Thus was born the character of Castle Pipeau. Thus continues its reputation.
A family art, always independent and sincere.
Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.
St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.
Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.
The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.
Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.
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. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.