Château Haut Blaignan Bordeaux 2011

Peck_CHBMedoc2011This time I’m taking a quick day-trip by bottle from Germany into the Bourdeaux countryside for a bit of Vin Rouge de Médoc.  In fact, I understand that the area around Blaignan has some of the oldest vineyards in the Bordeaux region.  I have been trying to get additional info on this winemaker, but have had difficulty scaring up more than what you see here.  I could find a website for Château Blaignan, but they are clearly a different enterprise.  If you have something on Château Haut Blaignan, please share it.

Winemaker:  Château Haut Blaignan (Earl Brochard-Cahier proprieter)
Wine: Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Vintage: 2011
Appellation:  Médoc, France AOC
Price:  $6.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  What an interesting ride this little red took me on.  On first pour it was like a green bronco bucking it’s way across the palate.  I thought I was in for quite a ride, indeed.  But after 10-15 mins. to breathe, it settled down like the family’s favorite mare.  That isn’t meant negatively.  In the glass the wine is a very dark, inky plum color.  On the nose I detected blackberry, plum and violets with notes of spice and the Mare’s barnyard.  The spice and barnyard dissipate quite a bit with oxidation on both the nose and palate.  Flavors for me in this fairly light-bodied wine were blackberry, red plum, and black pepper with hints of moss and earthiness.  Light tannins bring menthol to the fairly long finish.  Alcohol is 13%  and acidity is good.  What I’d really like to know and why I tried researching this selection is the specific blend of grapes used.  I know that Bordeaux makers often use Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc in their “mixology.”  What I am keen on finding out is the percentage of each in this wine.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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3 thoughts on “Château Haut Blaignan Bordeaux 2011

    • Thanks. Look forward to sipping more. When I bought the Chateau Haut Blaignan, the woman overseeing the wine tasting at TJ’s that day recommended another. Gotta go back!

  1. “If you have something on Château Haut Blaignan, please share it.”

    Well, here you go:

    The estate is one of six owned by “CA Grands Crus”

    Their website is: http://www.cagrandscrus.com/en/
    Website for the Château Haut Blaignan is: http://www.blaignan.fr/en

    CA Grands Crus is a Crédit Agricole subsidiary that has owned six prestigious wine estates in the Bordeaux region since 2004.

    CA Grands Crus possesses prestigious vineyards, either Grands Crus Classés 1855 or Crus Bourgeois, in the Bordeaux region.

    The Bordeaux region, and its fine wine tradition, offers everything a connoisseur can hope for in a great bottle of wine: finesse, capacity for ageing, and a moving experience.

    On the left bank, from the Sauternes region to the Médoc, centuries of work have identified exceptional vineyard sites that men have patiently improved.

    CA Grands Crus has chosen to work alongside them.

    CA Grands Crus has owned six prestigious wine estates in the Bordeaux region since 2004:
    – le Château de Rayne Vigneau, 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes,
    – le Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, 5ème Grand Cru Classé Pauillac,
    – le Château Meyney, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint-Estèphe,
    – le Château Blaignan,

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