Though Bordeaux’s Left Bank is dominated, at least in terms of reputation, by the “big name” chateaux of the 1855 Classification, there are in fact thousands of smaller chateau in this area that produce high quality wines year in and year out that almost no one outside of the area knows about. Such a wine is Chateau Fort Lignac. This is a small property comprising less than 10 acres and situated in the Haut Medoc appellation. The exact location, in the district of Cussac Fort Medoc, is home to several high quality estates, among them Chateau Lanessan (often sold by Medallion Global) and Chateau Belair. This is basically a small area right in front of the famous appellation of St. Julien.
It is perhaps not surprising then that a few years ago the estate was purchased by Jean Eugene Borie, owner of one of St. Julien’s grandest estates, world famous 2 nd Growth, Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. The uptick in quality under Ducru Beaucaillou’s management of the Chateau has been profound and now this little unknown estate drinks at a quality level far in excess of its humble origins. The blend here is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
This is classic Left Bank, Cabernet driven Bordeaux with depth, concentration and power all encircled in a robe of dark fruits. Want a value priced Bordeaux that rivals wines 4 times as expensive? This is it!