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.

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