This Saint-Emilion is a fine velvety color, has plenty of body yet maintains great suppleness, and is perfect for ageing.
Wine Advocate 88 points - As usual, the 2011 Pipeau is an exuberant, richly fruity, deeply colored meant for immediate pleasure. It offers lots of black cherry fruit and spicy notes, soft tannins and a moderately endowed, medium-bodied mouthfeel. A sleeper of the vintage, this silky fruit bomb should drink nicely for a decade. (Apr 2014)
Wine Spectator 89 points - This offers anise and smoldering charcoal notes out front, with fleshy cherry and currant compote flavors leading to a toasted yet defined finish, revealing an echo of roasted apple wood. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2019. 11,665 cases made. –JM
(Mar 31 2014)
Wine Advocate 87 points - This excellent sleeper of the vintage reveals loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit, a medium-bodied texture, attractive flesh, adequate acidity and sweet, well-integrated tannins. Once again Pipeau is an excellent choice for shrewd, value-conscious consumers. Drink it over the next decade. (Apr 2012)
Founded in 1929, Chateau Pipeau is located two miles from the town of Saint-Emilion. Owned by the Mestreguilhem family for three generations, Richard Mestreguilhem balances traditional methods with modern winemaking techniques to create nuanced, wines of place. The vines are on average 50 years old, and Richard practices cluster thinning to limit yields, leaf stripping to optimize the ripening process and carefully sorts the fruit during harvest.
|Located in the center of Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, 3 kilometres from Saint-Emilion, Château Pipeau consists of thirty hectares of very well-exposed parcels of vines.
The vineyard, growing mostly around the Chateau, comes under the communes of Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, Saint-Hippolyte and
Chateau Pipeau has remained exclusively a family concern since 1929. Thus, three generations of wine-producers have passed down their inherited savoir-faire. Today it is the children of Monsieur Pierre Mestreguilhem, Richard and Dominique, who run the vineyard.
This Saint-Emilion is a fine, velvety color, has plenty of body yet maintains great suppleness, and is perfect for ageing.