Robert Parker Rating:88 Points
Robert Parker Review:
This vineyard just outside Pauillac has produced a seductive, sexy wine with an elegant combination of black cherry and black currant fruit. Some dusty, loamy soil notes also make an appearance as well as some high-quality unsmoked cigar tobacco. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
|Wine maker notes
|Chateau Blaignan’s vineyard is planted of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. The wine matures for 18 months in vats and in oak barrels.
The wine is of an intense colour. The nose is fruity with pronounced notes of blackcurrant, black cherries and a hint of spice. Full bodied, Chateau Blaignan shows structure and velvet tannins on the palate, that make it a wine to drink young or to keep a few years in cellar (to be kept between 3 to 12 years).
|Chateau Blaignan is a fine estate of 97 hectares (240 acres) in the northern part of the Medoc. There have been vineyards here since the 14th century.
There was nothing left of the ancient fortress (seat of the Lords of Blaignan in the Middle-Ages, which gave its name both to the land and to the noble family who owned the manor), except for a few ruins next to the church in the old village of Blaignan.
Pierre Merman, a protestant from a Dutch family that settled in Bordeaux in the 17th century, acquired the estate just after the Revolution. His family and, more particularly, his daughter, Jeanne Marie Reine Peychaud, assisted by her husband Charles, turned “Taffard-Blaignan” into a model estate. They extended the property considerably, repaired the buildings and built a country mansion of the type known locally as a “chartreuse”.
The wine reached the envied rank of Cru Bourgeois in 1932, under the name “Chateau Taffard de Blaignan”.
In 2004, CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Groupe Credit Agricole, acquired Chateau Blaignan. An improvement plan was put together for the entire estate. It is supervised today by Anne Le Naour, the Technical Director, Jean-Jacques Lapeyre, the Estate Director and the consultant oenologist, Hubert de Bouard.