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Château Pipeau

A serious Grand Cru

At the heart of the vineyard of Saint-Emilion, the Mestreguilhem family established their vineyard in 1929. Starting with 7 hectares the different generations increased the estate that now covers 25 hectares. Nowadays the winery is lovingly run by the 4th generation, Richard, and his wife Brigitte, joined by their son Jean in 2014.

Since the beginning Château Pipeau stood out by the quality of its wine. The Mestreguilhem family have always farmed their vineyard and vinified the grapes with the utmost care. This level of requirement was passed down through the generations and nowadays Richard and Brigitte rigorously keep the tradition alive.

A good wine starts with a sound fruit. Richard and Brigitte produce only one cuvee, hence the importance to have an excellent raw material. They engaged in a sustainable approach to reduce their impact on the environment. For this reason they joined the environmental management system implemented by the Bordeaux Wine Interprofessional Union (CIVB). Limited phytosanitary treatments, green harvest, thinning of the leaves, the Mestreguilhems harvest a sound crop at optimum maturity.

Treated respectfully, the vineyard (the vine stocks are 40 on average) planted on a beautiful clay and limestone terroir with deep sands gives birth to a powerful and elegant wine with beautiful aromas of red fruits. The blend is exactly the same as the proportion of each planted variety, 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The house invested in an optical sorting machine to keep only the best berries. Vinification is done in concrete and stainless steel vats and the family limits the use of SO2.

With an average quantity of 140,000 bottles a year, Château Pipeau proves it is possible to produce a big volume with a good quality. The wine is recognized as one of the best of the appellation by the greatest tasters. With a wealth of its success, the family took over Château Joinin at Rauzan in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, AOC Bordeaux, in 1989.

Sylvia van der Velden


L’avis des sommeliers

Château Pipeau
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, rouge 2010

Visual aspect: lovely colour. Nose: fine, elegant, some red fruits, woody. Palate: moreish, powerful. The material is dominated by the alcohol and the woodiness, a lovely finish. Match with food: rib steak à la Bordelaise. Comments: worthy of its status.
Température de service : 16°C
Garde / ageing : 2019

Château Pipeau
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, rouge 2011

Visual aspect: beautiful intense hue. Nose: red and black fruits, mocha. Palate: light first taste, then develops beautiful aromas, a hint of astringency. Short finish but beautiful and intense. Match with food: white meat. Comments: to drink within a few years with great pleasure.
Température de service : 13°C
Garde : 2024