This 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
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.
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