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Chateau Citran History, Overview
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 also own a massive negociant company, which they count as part of their holdings.
Chateau Citran Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
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 is in more of a sandy terroir in the commune of Avensan. A portion of the Chateau Citran vineyards is 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 estate’s forested areas. A portion of the vineyard is farmed organically.
The best vintages of Chateau Citran are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010 and 2009 and 2005.
To produce the wine of Chateau Citran, vinification takes place in large, temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks. The wine is aged in 40% new, French oak for between 12 and 14 months. On average, 25,000 cases of Chateau Citran are produced each year. There is a second wine, Les Moulins de Citran.
When to Drink Chateau Citran, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Citran needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Citran is usually better with at least 6-9 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Citran offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-14 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Citran with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Citran is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Citran is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.
Chateau Citran is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Citran Wine Tasting Notes
17 Vintages 72,262 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Medium-bodied, fresh, bright, crisp, crunchy red berries with tobacco leaf nuances that can be enjoyed in its youth. Drink from 2023-2033. 85-87
958 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
Bright, crisp, sweet and tart red fruits with a strong savory, herbal edge and a medium-bodied, dusty, menthol-packed finish are what you are going to find here. Drink from 2023-2034.
604 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2023
Floral, fresh and fruity with its bouquet of black raspberries, cherries, cocoa and herbs, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, round, fresh and lifted with a nice, vibrant, juicy, chewy and crisp finish. 87-89 Pts
1,214 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
The finest vintage of Citran I have ever tasted pops with chocolate covered cherries, flowers, raspberries and herbs. Medium bodied, soft, polished, fresh and fruity, the wine finishes with sweet, red fruits with a touch of kirsch and cocoa in the endnote. Drink from 2023-2034.
897 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
Medium-bodied, earthy, straightforward, direct, red currant, cedar, tobacco, and herb-filled, Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine. The wine has filled out a bit since it was in barrel. Drink from 2022-2036.
2,126 Views Tasted Aug 16, 2022
Tobacco and cherry fruit in the front end, and crisp bright, red fruit on the back end is what you will find here in this medium- bodied, lean wine. 85-87 Pts
3,861 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
Bright and crunchy red fruits with a cedar and tobacco edge is what you find here. Medium-bodied and forward in style, drink this in its youth.
2,739 Views Tasted May 14, 2020
A medium bodied, soft, uncomplicated, red berry and thyme-filled wine with olive accents in the finish. This is best for early drinking pleasure.
2,950 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
Lighter style of wine that is open, early drinking and offers bright red plums, earth, herbs and spice.
3,002 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2019
A medium-bodied, forward, soft, ripe, open wine with sweet plums, earth and spice that will drink well early.
3,865 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
Medium-bodied with more earth, cedar and tobacco leaf than fruit, the wine is correct, classic and a tad short in the finish.
3,449 Views Tasted Aug 24, 2020
Medium bodied, forward, red berry dominated wine with accents of herbs, espresso and smoke.
3,274 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
An easy drinking, light, Haut Medoc, with crisp, correct, blackberry and red plum notes that will be best in its youth. 84 - 86 Pts
3,303 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
Already showing some secondary characteristics with tobacco and cedar on top of the blackberry and cassis. Medium/full bodied, and with some rusticity in the crisp, bright, finish. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc.
5,329 Views Tasted Feb 7, 2017
With a dominant note of light, bright strawberries, raspberry, and a touch of oak and herbs, this medium bodied, crisp wine is made for early, uncomplicated drinking. The wine was made from a blend of 49% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc.
3,108 Views Tasted Feb 7, 2016
An easy drinking, light, Haut Medoc, with crisp, correct, blackberry and red plum notes that will be best in its youth.
2,906 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Blending 49% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc produced an easy drinking Medoc, with crisp, blackberry and plum notes that will be best in its youth.
3,373 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Light, slight tart and rustic, this needs to be consumed in its youth.
3,479 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2014
Licorice, black and red fruits coupled with an open round personality make this another nice value wine from the 2010 Bordeaux vintage.
5,137 Views Tasted Jul 22, 2013
Medium bodied, soft, open, earthy, dark red berry filled wine that is showing well today.
3,323 Views Tasted Feb 12, 2019
Bright, lean, tart, fresh red fruits coupled with herbal and leafy notes in a medium bodied, crisp wine are what you find here. Time will not add much to this wine.
3,014 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2019
A nice, average, easy going, crowd pleasing style of Bordeaux.
5,015 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2013
A nice value here with its fully mature tobacco, earthy, cassis, blackberry and cranberry profile. Medium bodied, traditional in style, with all the tannins resolved, time to drink up.
3,115 Views Tasted Nov 23, 2013
On the one hand, you have to respect any wine that is still offering even hints of life at 100 years of age, let alone a war years wine from a moderate terroir. But once past the romance, the pale red colored hue showcases a tart, cranberry-filled wine with more cedar, tobacco, and earth than tart, red fruits. Regardless, it was an honor drinking this bit of history.
2,221 Views Tasted Jun 4, 2018