"The Bordeaux has a beautiful, red color with soft, ripe aromas of fruit and oak. It is smooth, elegant and has a pleasant aftertaste."
A great value red from France is the 2011 Chateau Du Pin Bordeaux.
Chateau Du Pin was first built as a fortified chateau in the 12th Century, probably on the remains of a Roman opium warehouse. The original chateau was destroyed during the Breton Wars in the 14th Century. The central square tower with the wine cellar at its base dates from the original chateau. The main wing of the chateau was partially rebuilt in the 15th Century; a chapel and other additions were constructed during the 18th and 19th Centuries.
In 1919, Gerard and Claudine Gignoux acquired the chateau and raised their family there. Gerard created the extraordinary topiary gardens and oversaw Le Pin’s farms and developed the award-winning vineyards. Claudine, a skilled landscaper painter, produced the fine murals for the chateau inspired by the local countryside.
While the growing of grapes and production of wine on this land probably began with the first settlement thousands of years ago, the modern production of wine at Le Pin began in the 1920’s when Gerard Gignoux and his vigneron, Clement Suzineau, carefully selected the vineyards sites and choose the varietals from which Chateau Du Pin wine is made.
The vineyard called “Plaisance is where their red varietals are grown, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The vineyard called “Coulee des Marechaux” is the home of their white wine grapes, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. It has been awarded the designation of “Appellation controle”.
From the 1920’s through the 1957, Clement Suzineau oversaw the care and creation of their wines including the North American importation of their white wine through the S.S Pierce Company. After Claudine’s untimely death in 1931, Gerard married Betty Perry in 1935 and returned to America shortly thereafter.
After WWII, Gerard and Betty returned to Le Pin where they raised their second family and rehabilitated the chateau, gardens and farms. Le Pin consists of approximately 300 acres of farmland, woodland with walking trails, vineyards, formal gardens, topiary, and a chapel. Le pin is officially classified as a “Monument Historique” by the French government and the gardens have been designated as one of the “Des Jardins Remarquables” by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
In 1957, with Mr. Suzineau’s retirement, assistant, Rene Colet, took over as vigneron and continued the great tradition of wine making at Le Pin until his retirement in 1989. Today, the proprietors of Le Pin have contracted the Delauney Pere et Fils in nearby Montjean to manage their vineyards, produce and market Chateau Du Pin wine. Their award winning wines are available in local shops as well as the Delauney facility in Montjean.
Today, the children and grandchildren jointly own the chateau. This Chateau is one of the most beautiful Chateau’s in all of France. The 2011 Chateau Du Pin has a beautiful, red color with soft, ripe aromas of fruit and oak. The taste is smooth, elegant and has a pleasant aftertaste. This wine is on the Chop239 wine list for $11 a glass and $44 a bottle, and would pair up nicely with the Chop239 6oz filet mignon. Enjoy and Salute.
A MEDIUM TO RARE CHOP239 FILET MIGNON DISH IS THE SUGGESTED ACCOMPANIMENT TO THE BORDEAUX.
(PHOTO: QUENTIN ROUX/SUN TIMES)
Sun Times / Marco Island Marco Porto, chop239 11:19 a.m. EDT September 29, 2015 Original Article: http://www.marcoislandflorida.com/story/home/2015/09/29/enjoy-great-french-red/73024184/