D'Hantellian is in Cissac, one of the prime areas in the Haut Medoc. The Ch?teau pre-dates all of the classified growths of Bordeaux by a considerable amount of time in that it was singled out as an exceptional wine producer in the 12th Century, over 900 years ago!
Today the Chateau is owned by the Mathieu-Blasco family and farms 100 acres of vineyards consisting of 63% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 30 years. They received their environmental certification in 2018.
The crazy thing about Bordeaux is the preciseness of its appellation system. For instance, D'Hantellian is in Cissac between St. Estephe and Pauillac. Their neighbors are Cos d'Estournel, a 2nd Growth, and Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, a First Growth. Yet, they are classified as Crus Bourgeois, lower than their neighbors. Basically, even though their wines could be considered in the same vein and they can refer to their soil as St. Estephe, they still are classified at a lower level. That distinction separates them from their neighbors by about $100/bottle.
All considered, this is a classic wine of the appellation from an outstanding vintage. It has all the spice, plum, earth and black coffee notes we have come to expect from this area and worthy of comparable dishes such as pork loin simmered in rosemary and garlic or tornadoes of beef in a Cognac and mustard sauce.