Chateau Panigon is a vast, expansive estate in one of Bordeaux greatest appellations, the Medoc. Its origins pre-date the revolution. It is now owned by business tycoon, Georges Dadda and his wife, Corinne. Their enologist is the legendary Eric Boissenot, who arrived just in time for this amazing vintage.
The estate is comprised of 220 acres of which 125 are vines. The rest is made up of wildlife preserves, forests, and lakes. In other words, a tranquil and respectful setting for an honorable wine. If we had been told that this was from the 2015 vintage, we wouldn't even blink. It has all the grace and character of that vintage. If we were told it was twice the price, we wouldn't be surprised at all. All we know is that this is an incredible value.
The wine spends 12 months in 100% oak barrels, 33% of which are new. The blend is 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Verdot. It is aged an additional two years before release to allow all the components to form a more cohesive whole, bringing all the different flavors into one spectacular flavor.
The mixed complexion of raspberries and cherry with vanilla pudding and cedar is mesmerizing. The long slow finish is classic Bordeaux as it hangs on for minutes instead of seconds and begs for a charred tri-tip or seasoned brisket stuffed with garlic and rosemary slow roasted over mesquite.