STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
The Cotes de Blaye wine region lies on the right bank of the Gironde estuary, facing across the water to Margaux and Pauillac. Vine growing here dates 2000 years to the Romans, which is far longer than its more famous left bank neighbours opposite in the Medoc, which was mostly marshes until Dutch engineers began to drain it in the late 16th century
Château Gressina vines are planted not far from the Gironde estuary at Saint-Seurin-de-Cursac and Saint-Martin-Lacaussade, with 13 hectares planted on clay limestone soils planted with mostly with Merlot plus a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Chateau Grissina is a classic example of what is known as a ‘petit chateau’. These are properties that are not part of any of Bordeaux’s various classifications like the famous 1855 one or even ‘Cru Bourgeois’, so they are tend to fly under the radar and easy to miss, but those in the know seek them out. Their soils might not be as special as the more expensive neighbours, but the weather and grape varieties are the same and they cost far less. They especially come into their own in good vintages like this one and are an affordable delight.
They recall a time a generation ago before wine from Australia and Chile dominated the market. They’re not in your face like New World wines and have enough acidity and tannin to give a little bite and so are terrific with food.
This is about 95% Merlot with a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon and has plenty of dark fruit and plum with a streak of chocolate like character supported by a little tannin giving structure and length.