There can only be praise for the consistent quality standards at Château Côtes de Blaignan, undoubtedly as a direct result of the Francisco family’s hard work since 1870. A cross on the road to Ordonnac, which was an important landmark on the St. James’ Way pilgrimage route, indicates the path to this family estate, of which certain vineyard plots are next to its neighbour, Château Potensac.
Since 2010, Jean Francisco has handed the baton to his daughter Stéphanie and nephew Claude. They manage the 32 ha vineyard with meticulous care and attention to detail, not unlike a number of prestigious Médoc wines, including yield control, frequent canopy management carried out by hand, sorting and selecting the harvest and 12 months ageing in barriques. An exemplar of Cru Bourgeois which strikes the perfect balance of fruit and intensity.
Bordeaux red structured , rich and intense flavors, sometimes woody notes. Perfect for exceptional moments.
5 generations of the Francisco family.
60km north of Bordeaux, in the district of Ordonnac, between the Gironde Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.
A wide diversity of soils representative of the finest terroirs in the Médoc,predominantly gravel and clay-limestone.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon planted predominantly on gravel, 45% Merlot on clay-limestone, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.
Awards and press reviews
2017 Vintage: Gold Medal – Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine 2020
* One star (denotes a great wine) in the Guide Hachette des Vins 2021
2016 Vintage: Gold Medal – Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine 2019
Silver Medal – Concours des Grands Vins de France – Mâcon 2019
Silver Medal – Concours Mundus Vini 2018
91/100 – Andreas Larsson – www.blindtasted.com
2015 Vintage: Silver Medal – Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine 2017
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A full-bodied, fruity Médoc fine wine
Garnet in colour, with its rounded character and subtle aromatic expression of red fruits, blackberries and vanilla notes, Château Côtes de Blaignan is an appealing wine. Smooth and fruity, the attack makes way on the palate for more powerful, welcoming volume, with elegant, rounded tannins. This well-balanced Médoc wine is the result of careful extraction and can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
Thomas Drouineau, winemaker, Maison Delor