Château Pipeau

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend

9.0302 ratings
9.033 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

2005 such an amazing vintage.

The 05 Pipeau is a bottle that I’ve looked at in my EuroCave for awhile & have passed on it for bigger name producers. But, not tonight w/o disappointment. Especially, for $25 a bottle upon release.

It took a small glass & a few sips to get there. I’m there now.
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Ruby, Claret in a classic style.

Showing the beauty of the age & vintage. Ruby, inky, ripe, slightly candied; blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, raspberries, dried strawberries & notes of dry cranberries. Dry top soils, dark, rich, forest floor, river stones, dry tobacco, graphite, dark, grey volcanics, limestone/sandstone, anise to black licorice, dark, sweet tarriness, dry, dark dates, steeped tea with dark, withering florals that are also, red, purple and red. The acidity is mountain, cool, stream like and elegant finish that set nicely wire to wire with persistence.

Good first look and will drink well for another 15 years with proper storage.

Allen Brothers Ribcap...10

2005 such an amazing vintage.

The 05 Pipeau is a bottle that I’ve looked at in my EuroCave for awhile & have passed on it for bigger name producers. But, not tonight w/o disappointment. Especially, for $25 a bottle upon release.

It took a small glass & a few sips to get there. I’m there now.
.
Ruby, Claret in a classic style.

Showing the beauty of the age & vintage. Ruby, inky, ripe, slightly candied; blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, raspberries, dried strawberries & notes of dry cranberries. Dry top soils, dark, rich, forest floor, river stones, dry tobacco, graphite, dark, grey volcanics, limestone/sandstone, anise to black licorice, dark, sweet tarriness, dry, dark dates, steeped tea with dark, withering florals that are also, red, purple and red. The acidity is mountain, cool, stream like and elegant finish that set nicely wire to wire with persistence.

Good first look and will drink well for another 15 years with proper storage.

Allen Brothers Ribcap...10

Dec 19th, 2020
Kevin Sidders

President VinConnect

9.1

Surprisingly ripe and full, with less maturity than I would have expected. Delicious, big and fun, if lacking a bot of precision.

Surprisingly ripe and full, with less maturity than I would have expected. Delicious, big and fun, if lacking a bot of precision.

May 20th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

The 05 just entered it's drinking stage. It's almost laughable what I paid first for this bottle somewhere between 06 & 07. I think $25. It's over delivering the price point tonight. The fruits are ruby elegant. Blackberries, dark cherries, creamy dark raspberries, strawberries, dusty tannins, rich dark earth, dry stones, velvety leather, dark & milk chocolate power, perfect acidity and round, lush, ruby fruit finish that lasts nearly a minute. The wine will only improve over the next 5-10 years. This is our first opening of the 05 and we would open another in three + years as we have three more bottles...another in 5-7. The next in 10 years. The last bottle in 15 years...unless tasting the 05 spoke to me differently along the way.

The 05 just entered it's drinking stage. It's almost laughable what I paid first for this bottle somewhere between 06 & 07. I think $25. It's over delivering the price point tonight. The fruits are ruby elegant. Blackberries, dark cherries, creamy dark raspberries, strawberries, dusty tannins, rich dark earth, dry stones, velvety leather, dark & milk chocolate power, perfect acidity and round, lush, ruby fruit finish that lasts nearly a minute. The wine will only improve over the next 5-10 years. This is our first opening of the 05 and we would open another in three + years as we have three more bottles...another in 5-7. The next in 10 years. The last bottle in 15 years...unless tasting the 05 spoke to me differently along the way.

2 people found it helpfulNov 19th, 2016
Matt Lasater

Everything you want from RBank Bordeaux with a little bottle age. Deep fruit, leather, turned earth, tobacco and savory herbs.

Everything you want from RBank Bordeaux with a little bottle age. Deep fruit, leather, turned earth, tobacco and savory herbs.

1 person found it helpfulJul 10th, 2018
Richard Rosensweig

Pipeau is an early foray into 2005 for me. Not a bad place to start. Very round structure. Full fruit with stewed plum, black cherry, slate, hint of mint. A little dry on the finish. Will mellow in the next few years.

Pipeau is an early foray into 2005 for me. Not a bad place to start. Very round structure. Full fruit with stewed plum, black cherry, slate, hint of mint. A little dry on the finish. Will mellow in the next few years.

1 person found it helpfulOct 14th, 2017
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director Stagecoach Tavern

8.8

Lean right bank merlot. Bit thin but nice grip

Lean right bank merlot. Bit thin but nice grip

1 person found it helpfulFeb 14th, 2016
Joe Kehoe

Tobacco, barnyard on the nose. Complex and balanced on the palate. Nice wine.

Tobacco, barnyard on the nose. Complex and balanced on the palate. Nice wine.

1 person found it helpfulOct 5th, 2015
Jameson Fink

Host Wine Without Worry podcast

9.3

Uh, this wine is killer. (Thanks, Mom.) #bdx

Uh, this wine is killer. (Thanks, Mom.) #bdx

1 person found it helpfulSep 27th, 2014
Lynne Bryant

This was OK, lacked complexity, in my opinion.

This was OK, lacked complexity, in my opinion.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 26th, 2013
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

8.9

Very drinkable Merlot-dominant St Emilion Bordeaux. Bright red fruit on the front, followed by slate and currant. Nothing special, but a pleasurable daily drinker that doesn't disappoint

Very drinkable Merlot-dominant St Emilion Bordeaux. Bright red fruit on the front, followed by slate and currant. Nothing special, but a pleasurable daily drinker that doesn't disappoint

Jul 26th, 2016