CHATEAU CITRAN Haut-Medoc, Cru Bourgeois 2020 Wooden Case x 6 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | France | Bordeaux | Haut-Médoc | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
We are very pleased to announce the start of the highly anticipated 2020 Bordeaux En-Primeur campaign, one which promises to be as exciting as it is different in our new post-brexit, mid-covid world.
Not having had the chance to travel to Bordeaux to taste we are very reliant on several key factors namely; pedigree, reputation, consistency and critics and the critics seem to like it.
Chateau Citran is one of the older Bordeaux properties in the Medoc with a history that goes all the way back to the 13th century. At the time, like most of the properties built in those days, its primary purpose was as a fortress. The property remained in the hands of its original owners until 1832!
The modern era for Chateau Citran begins with the purchase of the estate by the Miailhe family in 1945. The Miailhe family have been owners of several different vineyards in the Left Bank over the years including Chateau Palmer, Chateau Pichon Lalande and Chateau Coufran. It was under the ownership of the Miailhe family that the vineyard was planted to its high percentage of Merlot.
The Miailhe family are not only successful vineyard owners in Bordeaux, but they are also one of the larger negociants in the Bordeaux region. The Miailhe family sold Chateau Citran in 1987 to the Japanese holding company, Fujimoto.
Today, Chateau Citran is owned by two well-established families from Bordeaux, the Merlaut family, who heads the Taillan group, which counts Chateau Gruaud Larose in St. Julien, Chateau Ferrier in Margaux, Chateau Chasse Spleen, Chateau Camensac, Chateau Gressier, Grand Poujeaux in the Haut Medoc and Chateau Broustet, which is in Sauternes. They are also massive negociant company, which they count as part of their holdings.
Chateau Citran is a large, Left Bank estate, with 105 hectares of vines with a terroir of sand, gravel, chalk and clay soils. Located in the far south of the Haut Medoc appellation, the vineyard is planted to 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot.
On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,600 vines per hectare. The massive estate can be divided into two large blocks of vines. Much of the better part of the vineyard is placed closest to the chateau, which is where you find their deeper, gravel soils.
The remainder of their parcels are in more of a sandy terroir in the commune of Avensan. A portion of the Chateau Citran vineyards are also located not far from the Margaux estate of Chateau Ferriere.
The goal of Chateau Citran is to eventually increase the portion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyards, with new plantings that will take the place of some of the estates forested areas. A portion of the vineyard is farmed organically.
JAMES SUCKLING 89-90 points
"A firm, racy wine with crushed-berry, walnut and spice character. Medium body and firm finish. A little austere now."
JANCIS ROBINSON 15.5 points
Drink: 2025 - 2031
"Deepest crimson with purple rim. Ripe but fresh and sweet black fruits with a darker savoury edge and a hint of mocha. Light and attractive hint of stone dust. A contrast between the juicy fruit at the core and the very fine, very dry tannins. As in other Haut-Médoc wines in this vintage, the tannins seem high but extremely fine. Lovely freshness if perhaps a little light on fruit in the middle. But still with a certain dry elegance."
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Delivery - Autumn 2023
Prices - Include Freight, Duty & GST. No further discounts apply
Storage - Free of Charge until 30th April 2024
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