Château Moulin de Blanchon

Saint Seurin de Cadourne | Bordeaux

 

Chateau Moulin de Blanchon Bordeaux North Berkeley ImportsBehind the glare of sandstone châteaux and shock of stratospheric pricing, one can still find honest Bordelais making real Bordeaux wines for everyday pleasure. Moulin de Blanchon, with its well-placed vineyards north of Saint-Estèphe, is without question this sort of artisanal family estate.

The Negrier family comes from old vine-growing stock; it was only when winemaker Henri Negrier decided to stop selling his older-vine fruit to the local co-op in the late 1990s that the estate was born. We met Henri at this turning point, and what a stroke of luck! Having collected and enjoyed the family’s Bordeaux over the years, there’s no question that Moulin de Blanchon is a wine that can age tremendously, and given its value, is one of the smarter cellar decisions you can make.

The village of Saint-Seurin de Cadourne has impeccable terroir, located on a deep gravel bed alongside the Gironde river, similar to neighboring Saint-Estèphe. This silky blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is flavorfully concentrated yet wonderfully balanced—a stellar Bordeaux for today and for years to come.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Estate vineyards are situated along the banks of the Gironde, just north of Saint-Estèphe. Soils here are pure gravel, well-draining yet nutrient-poor. Vines are on average 40 to 50 years old. In 2010, Moulin de Blanchon achieved Cru Bourgeois status.

Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. Wines are aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.

RED WINES

Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

A selection of the estate’s older vines, grown on the unique gravelly soils of Saint-Seurin de Cadourne, north of Saint-Estèphe. A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Established: 1978
Winemaker: Henri Negrier
Region: France • Bordeaux • Saint-Seurin de Cadourne
Vineyard size: 60 acres