Chateau Maison Blanche Montagne-Saint-Emilion Merlot/Cabernet Franc
Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Region: Montagne St. Emilion, Bordeaux
Built in 1832, Château Maison Blanche received the first official distinction of "Cru Bourgeois" in 1932. Handed down from generation to generation via the female line before Patrick Bouey acquired it in 1998. The 28 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Maison Blanche is planted to 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. Chateau Maison Blanche, along with Chateau Coufran has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in the Medoc. While the average age of the vines are only 20 years, there are old vines, some of which date all the way back to 1954. The terroir is clay and limestone based soils. The estate focuses on biodynamic and organic vineyard farming techniques, earning their certification in 2011. Raspberry jam, strawberries, and blackberries, warm baking spices, a little anise, fuller bodied and medium acidity. This wine will continue to age as gracefully as Meryl Streep, and over delivers in value.