Château Blaignan is a fine estate in the northern part of the Médoc. 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.
Château 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, Château 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).
“Offering decent value for money, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot and Cabernet Franc means business. Stewed black fruit and leather on the nose lead to a layered blackcurrant palate with a lick of spice and nice oak integration, supported by solid tannins.” Julie Sheppard, Imbibe.com January 2014
‘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.’ 88pts Robert Parker 2012
‘Chocolate and herbal notes frame cherry and plum flavors in this plump red, which has just enough tannins for grip, with fresh acidity on the anise-scented finish. Drink now through 2017.’ 87pts TM, Wine Spectator 2012