Château de Panigon is a 90 hectare estate at Civrac en Médoc, named after a Rabelais character who welcomes Panurge and Pantagruel to his royal court during their quest to find the ‘Divine Bottle’.
While the origins of the estate are not documented back to the time of the French Renaissance when Rabelais wrote his satires, it certainly pre-dates the French revolution and in 1868 was cited among the Cru Bourgeois estates of Bordeaux.
Today 53 hectares of the estate are under vine under the watchful eye of Corinne Leveilley Dadda and Georges Dadda, who took over in 2006. They are assisted by Christophe Coupez, the director of the Oenological Laboratory in Pauillac.
The Daddas have undertaken a progressive program of replanting and investment in new machinery and equipment to modernise the property while maintaining a regime of sustainable farming.
They grow cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a little petit verdot on gravelly hillocks close to the Gironde. Each plot is harvested and vinified separately, with pumping over to extract softer tannins carried out several times a day. Micro-oxygenation is also carried out to achieve a more supple finished wine.
The couple also own Château Amour Bordeaux AOC from the same estate, a blend of equal parts cabernet sauvignon and merlot.