Château Blaignan is a fine estate of 97 hectares (240 acres) 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.
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 “Château Taffard de Blaignan”.
In 2004, CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Groupe Crédit Agricole, acquired Château Blaignan. An improvement plan was put together for the entire estate. It is supervised today by Anne Le Naour, Executive Director, and the consultant oenologist, Hubert de BOÜARD, also owner of Château Angélus.
The company CA Grands Crus, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Groupe Crédit Agricole, became, in 2004, the owner of prestigious Bordeaux estates: Grand-Puy Ducasse, 5ème Grand Cru Classé Pauillac, Château Meyney, Saint-Estèphe, Château Blaignan, Cru Bourgeois Médoc and Clos Saint-Vincent, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
The limestone-clay soil lies on a calcareous limestone base, whose sedimentation dates back to the quaternary period. The high potential of the site is reflected in 2 limestone mounds that offer different sunshine exposure and drainage possibilities. The vines are an average of 25 years old, and are divided between 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Average yields are 45 hectolitres per hectare.
Château Blaignan is accredited “Agriculture Raisonnée” and have adopted eco-friendly vine-growing methods. Château BLAIGNAN is involved in an environmental approach and has acquired the level 3 of the HEV Norm (High Environmental Value) in June 2017. The HEV Norm is a voluntary approach which aims to certify agricultural properties on their environmental performances. It comes from the Grenelle Environment Forum. This is a recognized approach which is supported by the Government.
Harvesting and wine making :
During the harvest, the new machines, equipped with a grape selection gear, allow to select only the best grapes. The demand for quality is also illustrated by the lowering of the average yields and of the plots yields. The new winery was ready for the 2010 harvest and allows tank temperatures, for fermentation and maceration, to be precisely controlled. It is also equipped for cold-soaking prior to fermentation. Post-fermentary maceration lasts for between 21 and 30 days according to the nature of the harvest. The wine’s progress is checked by regular tastings, with temperatures held between 28°C and 30°C. The wine will then age for 14 months.