A product of the Castillon hills, this cru is proudly representative of its Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, with its blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Since the 2014 vintage, a small percentage of Petit Verdot has gradually been making an appearance in the blend.
With the same care taken with the vines and sorting of the grapes, Château La Brande is vinified (at Château Mangot in St. Emilion) in temperature-regulated stainless steel tanks. A long, gentle vinification process extracts all the tannic richness, thanks to pumping over and rack and return over 25 to 30 days, before running off and pressing. Malolactic fermentation takes place in concrete tanks to preserve all the fruit and freshness of this cru. For the 12-month maturing period, the wine is deliberately divided into 3 batches: 1/3 in concrete tanks, 1/3 in 400-litre barrels and 1/3 in 225-litre barrels, mainly in 1, 2 and 3-year old barrels.
« Anne-Marie and Jean-Guy Todeschini started a revolution here and at Château Mangot and sons Karl and Yann (mid-Millennials) are moving it on. They use Jean-Pierre Cousinié's terroir analysis (look it up), no pesticides, experiment with no sulfur and are changing the way their terroir talks to the wine. This vintage is a rich wine with attractive black currant fruit and fine acidity. With structured tannins and light spice, it is fruity, juicy and will be ready to drink from 2018 (14% alcohol). » Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast