At first glance, this would wine would seem to be a nice, easy drinking Bordeaux. Yes, it does come from the Medoc, home to the greatest ch?teaux in the area, but the designation is Cru Bourgeois, which signals the impression that it is in the middle range of wines.
The history and ownership changes all that. First of all, the designation is made by the French government, not the chateau. It's based on where the chateau is, not the quality it produces, and the rules are all about the place.
Chateau Blaignan is the oldest chateau in the Medoc, founded in the 15th century. Grapes have been grown here since 800 AD, so let's just say the history here is sound.
The ch?teau is owned by the same owners as Grand Puy Ducasse, a legendary growth in Pauillac, as well as Meyney, one of the best producers in Saint-Estephe. And finally, Blaignan is made by the same winemakers.
All that puts Blaignan in the overachiever section, as the wine is so much better than its designation one must question the designation. Like most of the great wines from here, it is made from 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. It has all the flavors and power of its neighbors without the price.
From the lovely garnet color, through to the aroma of cassis and plum, to the mesmerizing finish, this gem delivers at every level at a price that is amazing.