The Chapelle Saint Antonin is a chapel in the Jacobin (Dominican) monastery in Toulouse, France.
Founded in 1229 by the “Order of Preachers,” the original church was completed in 1250. From that point until the mid 14th century, it continued to expand and grow. One of the additions was the Chapelle Saint Antonin built by Dominique Grima, prior of the convent and the Bishop of Pamiers, to be a final resting place for members of the order and Canons of Pamiers. Although the monastery suffered some damage during the French Revolution and Napoleonic period, it has been lovingly restored.
Vineyard: Chapelle Saint Antonin
Wine: Reserve Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Pays d’Oc, France IGP
Price: $9.99 at Whole Foods
Notes: The color of this Reserve Pinot was a deep ruby. On the nose I caught fairly pungent aromas of pine forest, pepper, and berries. It was light-bodied with high acidity and medium tannins. Alcohol was at 12.5%. On the tongue I tasted cherry, smoke, some pine, a touch of pepper and brambly woodiness. It was a fine PN, and I think it would serve well as an accompaniment for game fowl, chicken thighs, turkey leg. You get the idea. By the way, you will definitely want to let this one breathe before serving or the woodiness will be the overarching flavor.