RKS Wine: Château Joinin as Château Pipeau’s Younger Brother

It is the Mestreguilhem family that vints both Château Joinin and Château Pipeau. Château Pipeau St. Émilion Grand Cru as it sits on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s shelves is $43.95. The Château Joinin a simple 2019 AC Bordeaux is a humble $14.95 but the 2018 I tried certainly must be a top of the rung for a $14.95 Bordeaux. So what about the 2019 Château Joinin?

On the nose there is a strong streak of black cherry, cassis, blackberry and black plum. On the palate the tannins are not intense but laid back. There is a generous flurry of blueberries scurrying about with a tad of milk chocolate. A moderate finish. This would suit a leg of lamb coated with rosemary pesto and slow cooked on the grill with garlic mashed potatoes and summer fresh green beans. Simple is good.

The result I think is a solid Bordeaux that doesn’t belong in the $14.95 club. It may be a younger brother to Château Pipeau but let’s not get into a Romulus and Remus comparison please.

James.suckling.com rates this a 91 and says it is “fresher than past vintages” and advises to drink now. It is indeed a bit more lightheaded than the 2018 but I would give it until 2023 to reach its peak before it declines and that is where it falters with big brother Château Pipeau or it better as I have two magnums of the 2005 Château Pipeau!

The author wishes to disclose that he is a younger brother in fact the baby of the family.

(Château Joinin 2019 Bordeaux, AC Bordeaux, Château Joinin, Jugazan, France, $14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 527853, 14.5%, 750 mL, RKS Wine Rating 89/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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