Chateau Carignan History, Overview
Chateau Carignan is one of the older Bordeaux estates with a long history that dates back to the middle of the 1400’s. There are parts of the impressive chateau that date back almost as far.
The modern age for Chateau Carignan begins in 2007, when the negociant, Andy Lench of Bordeaux Wine Locators purchased Chateau Carignan from Philippe Pieraerts. Louis Mitjaville of Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf consults the estate on their wine making and vineyard management programs.
Chateau Carignan Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The large, 65 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Carignan is planted to 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has a terroir of clay, limestone and gravel soils.
The vines are on average 20 years of age. But they have old vines that are more than 40 years of age as well. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 5,000 vines per hectare to 7,000 vines per hectare. The harvest is conducted using a combination of machine picking and hand harvesting.
To produce the wine of Chateau Carignan, whole berry vinification takes place in a combination of stainless steel vats and cement tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank and vat. The wine is aged in 15% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months.
Chateau Carignan also produces a high end cuvee, Chateau Carignan Prima which is sold as a Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux. Chateau Carignan Prima is a Merlot dominated wine that always comes from a specific 12 hectare parcel of the estates oldest Merlot vines. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 18 months.