- Wine: Blaye Grande Réserve Cuvée 3D
- Region: Blaye, Bordeaux
- Vines: Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
- Domaine: Château Monconseil-Gazin
- Winemaker: Jean-Michel Baudet
- Guide bottle price: £11.15 (collect price)*
Your allocation: 48 bottles per year – you can order as much as you want (6s/12s), no obligation to buy
Exclusive wine: Yes
Annual vintage release: February
Accommodation nearby: Yes, we can arrange
Event at this vineyard: Yes, we visit your vines and dine with your winemakers in their Château >more
The vines & wine
Blaye is a little off the beaten track compared with some of the better known areas of Bordeaux. High up the river Gironde on the right bank, the wines are something of a hidden treasure. It was here that Malbec was first planted before it gained such notoriety in Argentina. Now, with increasingly warm summers, it reaches its apogee and forms an important part of most blends.
Our vines are situated on the slopes beside the 16th-century turreted château – the home for seven generations of the Baudet family. They are angled towards the sun and their position so close to the mighty river Gironde ensures that maximum ripeness is attained.
Winemaker Jean-Michel Baudet, as kind and as affable a person as you could wish to meet and works hard to ensure the vines are tended to with respect for the environment and bio-diversity. Château Monconseil-Gazin became the first property in Blaye to gain Terra Vitis certification. This means that there is complete traceability of their vine growing and oenological practices.
The marriage of noble Merlot, which thrives here, together with Cabernet Sauvignon and the ultra fashionable Malbec are carefully crafted by Jean-Michel to produce our exclusive Blaye Grande Réserve.
The attractive region of Blaye on the right bank of the Gironde is going through something of a renaissance just now. With changes to the appellation rules and a host of dedicated and talented winemakers like the Baudet’s spearheading quality, the top wines from this region have never been better.
On the gentle slopes above the village of Plassac, only a stone’s throw away from the famous Gironde River, you will find the stunning 16th-century Château-Monconseil Gazin set amongst woods and hills. It is a wonderfully peaceful spot.
Blaye is an area steeped in history. In the town itself, just ten minutes from the château, the impressive Vauban fort called the Citadel dominates. Its position on the hill overlooking the enormous Gironde estuary was of great strategic importance throughout the 18th Century.
Designed between 1685 and 1689 as a veritable walled city with a total area of 38 hectares, the Citadel of Blaye was built around a parade ground, a monastery dedicated to the Minims order, and several army barracks. Inside the fortress, there are remarkable buildings and ruins. Its function was to prevent the British from travelling down river. Its cannons were trained permanently on the river, though they were never used in anger.
* Wine prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate differences. If you choose to have your wine shipped to the UK, shipping costs and duty will be added.