CHATEAU PINDEFLEURS 2012
Chateau Pindefleurs History, Overview
Dominique Laurent and Richard Mestreguilhem are the current owners and directors of Chateau Pindefleurs. Dominique Lauret and Richard Mestreguilhem also own Chateau Pipeau, another estate located in Saint Emilion.
The chateau and vineyard are easy to find as they are located right off the major highway that leads into, or out of St. Emilion, bordering the Grand Cru and St. Emilion appellations.
Chateau Pindefleurs Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 17 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Pindefleurs is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Over the past 20 years, the estate has continued expanding their vineyards with additional purchases. At the same time, the owners of Chateau increased the percentage of Merlot in their vineyards, while the amount of Cabernet Franc vines has decreased.
The terroir is clay, limestone, gravel and sandy soils. The vines are old, with an average age of 35 years. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare. Stephane Derenoncourt and his team are the consultants for vineyard management and winemaking.
The wine of Chateau Pindefleurs is vinified in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in new and used, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months before bottling.
There is a second wine, Clos Lescure. The average annual production of Chateau Pindefleurs is on average, 5,750 cases per vintage.
When to Drink Chateau Pindefleurs, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Pindefleurs is better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.
Chateau Pindefleurs is best enjoyed in the first 3-12 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Chateau Pindefleurs, with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Pindefleurs is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Pindefleurs is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Pindefleurs is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.