Chateau Pibran Pauillac red wine from Bordeaux, France

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Chateau Pibran Pauillac Cru Bourgeois
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

The Chateau Pibran Pauillac is a wine to watch. It is a smaller vineyard in the Bordeaux region that is classified as a cru Bourgeois. However, when you look at where the vineyard is sited - its neighbours are Mouton Rothschild and Lynch-Bages, two of the most revered names in the region.
The wine is vinified at neighbouring Pontet Canet under the direction of talented winemaker Jean-Rene Matignon (who is also the winemaker for the famous Pichon Longueville estate) where fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks before the wine is transferred to a mixture of new and old barriques for 15 months of aging.
The Cru Bourgeois classification is a controversial one. In 1932 some 444 estates were granted this classification. In 2003, estates were divided into three sub-classifications, namely Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and Cru Bourgeois. Chateau Pibran was one of 87 awarded the Cru Bourgeois Supérieur classification - only 9 received the highest. However, the new classification was overturned by a French court in 2007 and the original 1932 classification reinstated.
 
     
     
     


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