Chateau Haut Condissas Medoc Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Haut Condissas, Medoc with wine tasting notes, and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and on winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Haut Condissas History, Overview

Chateau Haut Condissas, which takes its name from the street it is located on, was purchased in 1995 by Jean Guyon. Jean Guyon also owns Chateau Rollan de By, Chateau Tour Seran and Chateau La Clare

In 2012, Jean Guyon purchased one of the most famous Cru Bourgeois estates in all of Bordeaux when he took control of Chateau Greysac. Chateau Haut Condissas was once a part of the larger Rollan-de-By property owned by Jean Guyon.

But with time, they determined that a portion of their rock, strewn terroir could be culled to make a special Cuvee. The wine made its debut with the 1998 vintage, although wines might have been made in small quantities previously.

Chateau Haut Condissas Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 15-hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Haut Condissas is planted to 60% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. This represents a major change in the vineyard in size, (As it was only 5 hectares) and with the vineyard plantings.

Today, there is a large portion of Petit Verdot in the vineyards as you can see, and Cabernet Franc has also been added to the mix as well.

The vines at Chateau Haut Condissas are on average close to 30 years of age. However, the estate also has old vines. Some of their vines are over 40 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,500 vines per hectare with a terroir of gravel with clay soils. Vineyard management techniques are focused on sustainable farming.

Before being purchased by Jean Guyon, Chateau Haut Condissas maintained a lot more Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyard cepage. But Jean Guyon decided to increase the portion of the Merlot, in part, due to the high concentration of clay in the soil.

To produce the wine of Chateau Haut Condissas, vinification takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel, conical-shaped vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels.

The wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels. The barrels are a combination of 90% new, French barrels and 10% new American oak barrels. The wine is aged in barrel for up to 18 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage.

The best vintages of Chateau Haut Condissas are: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

Close to 6,000 cases of wine are produced at Haut Condissas every year. Alain Raynaud is the consultant for the estate. Haut Condissas also produces a Kosher Cuvee.

When to Drink Chateau Haut Condissas, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Haut Condissas 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 Haut Condissas is usually better with at least 2-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Haut Condissas offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-12 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Haut Condissas with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Haut Condissas 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 Haut Condissas is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Haut Condissas is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

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Château Haut Condissas Wine Tasting Notes

17 Vintages 38,047 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
90
Black cherries, licorice, espresso, along with spring flowers are readily available in this forward, fruity, creamy, soft-textured, fruity wine, with tis espresso, and chocolate finish. This is perfect for enjoyment as soon as it hits the stores, and for at least a decade after that. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts

Black cherries, licorice, espresso, along with spring flowers are readily available in this forward, fruity, creamy, soft-textured, fruity wine, with tis espresso, and chocolate finish. This is perfect for enjoyment as soon as it hits the stores, and for at least a decade after that. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts

287 Views   Tasted
2022
91
Lush, round, polished, creamy, ripe. forward, and fruity, this is going to offer pleasure early, due to its wealth of ripe, sweet, polished, blackberries, plums, cocoa, and espresso beans. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-90 Pts.

Lush, round, polished, creamy, ripe. forward, and fruity, this is going to offer pleasure early, due to its wealth of ripe, sweet, polished, blackberries, plums, cocoa, and espresso beans. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-90 Pts.

1,569 Views   Tasted
2021
89
Espresso, incense, plums and currants show easily on the nose and in the soft, round, forward, chocolate-accented, fruity, oaky palate. Drink from 2023-2029. 88-90

Espresso, incense, plums and currants show easily on the nose and in the soft, round, forward, chocolate-accented, fruity, oaky palate. Drink from 2023-2029. 88-90

1,133 Views   Tasted
2020
91
Flowers, tobacco, espresso, cocoa, and red berry combine to produce the fragrance. The round, lush, fresh palate is vibrant, finishing with chocolatey plums, mint, and a touch of spice that shows up in the finish. Drink from 2024-2037.

Flowers, tobacco, espresso, cocoa, and red berry combine to produce the fragrance. The round, lush, fresh palate is vibrant, finishing with chocolatey plums, mint, and a touch of spice that shows up in the finish. Drink from 2024-2037.

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Deep in color, the wine is soft, round, forward and fruity. The red fruits and spice are surrounded by toasty oak on the nose and palate. There is a nice sweetness to the fruit and lift in the finish. Give it a few years before pulling a cork. 89-91 Pts

Deep in color, the wine is soft, round, forward and fruity. The red fruits and spice are surrounded by toasty oak on the nose and palate. There is a nice sweetness to the fruit and lift in the finish. Give it a few years before pulling a cork. 89-91 Pts

1,148 Views   Tasted
2020
90
Opening with notes of espresso, flowers, cocoa and plums in the perfume, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, round, open and loaded with sweet, polished currants, cherries, plums and a hint of cocoa on the backend. Drink from 2023-2034.

Opening with notes of espresso, flowers, cocoa and plums in the perfume, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, round, open and loaded with sweet, polished currants, cherries, plums and a hint of cocoa on the backend. Drink from 2023-2034.

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2019
87
Showing a lot of oak at the moment, though, once past the vanilla, espresso and chocolate, you find a lot of sweet, ripe, fleshy, round, sweet fruits. Give it a few years and hope that the oak integrates better. Drink from 2022-2032.

Showing a lot of oak at the moment, though, once past the vanilla, espresso and chocolate, you find a lot of sweet, ripe, fleshy, round, sweet fruits. Give it a few years and hope that the oak integrates better. Drink from 2022-2032.

1,151 Views   Tasted
Peppery red fruits, espresso and licorice pop with no effort. Round, supple, forward and fresh, with an easy delivery this should be delicious on release. 88-90 Pts

Peppery red fruits, espresso and licorice pop with no effort. Round, supple, forward and fresh, with an easy delivery this should be delicious on release. 88-90 Pts

1,931 Views   Tasted
2018
89
Round, lush, forward, and already easy to drink with its core of ripe, black cherries, chocolate, and licorice on the now and palate. Drink from 2022-2035.

Round, lush, forward, and already easy to drink with its core of ripe, black cherries, chocolate, and licorice on the now and palate. Drink from 2022-2035.

1,685 Views   Tasted
2018
89
Ripe, round, and loaded with dark chocolate, licorice, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, and espresso beans on the nose and palate, this would offer pleasure for at least a decade. Drink from 2022-2031.

Ripe, round, and loaded with dark chocolate, licorice, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, and espresso beans on the nose and palate, this would offer pleasure for at least a decade. Drink from 2022-2031.

1,498 Views   Tasted
Forward with a strong jolt of espresso, licorice and smoke, on top of the ripe dark red fruits, the wine is round, fleshy and should provide pleasure early with its modern approach. 87-89 Pts

Forward with a strong jolt of espresso, licorice and smoke, on top of the ripe dark red fruits, the wine is round, fleshy and should provide pleasure early with its modern approach. 87-89 Pts

1,339 Views   Tasted
2017
88
With early approachability, the deep-colored wine shows some agreeable sweetness and a little flesh. There are soft tannins and a licorice, espresso, red fruity finish.

With early approachability, the deep-colored wine shows some agreeable sweetness and a little flesh. There are soft tannins and a licorice, espresso, red fruity finish.

1,638 Views   Tasted
2016
89
Deep in color, the wine is forward, round, ripe, sweet and fruity, with chocolate and licorice in the mix. This is the finest vintage of Haut Condissas I have ever tasted!

Deep in color, the wine is forward, round, ripe, sweet and fruity, with chocolate and licorice in the mix. This is the finest vintage of Haut Condissas I have ever tasted!

1,463 Views   Tasted
Juicy fruits, freshness, soft textures and plenty of fruit in the finish.

Juicy fruits, freshness, soft textures and plenty of fruit in the finish.

2,055 Views   Tasted
2015
88
Medium bodied, forward, soft and with licorice, cherry and plum notes to round things out. This should be easy to drink on release. 87 - 89 Pts

Medium bodied, forward, soft and with licorice, cherry and plum notes to round things out. This should be easy to drink on release. 87 - 89 Pts

2,511 Views   Tasted
2014
88
Ripe, soft, fleshy and forward, this easy-drinking wine is round and filled with dark berries. 87-89 Pts

Ripe, soft, fleshy and forward, this easy-drinking wine is round and filled with dark berries. 87-89 Pts

2,203 Views   Tasted
2012
86
Oaky, with licorice, coffee bean and a black cherry personality, the wine has enough polish to be enjoyed on release. 85-87 Pts

Oaky, with licorice, coffee bean and a black cherry personality, the wine has enough polish to be enjoyed on release. 85-87 Pts

2,789 Views   Tasted
2010
90
Haut Condissas offers big juicy mouthful of ripe cassis, licorice, oak and tannin. 89-91 Pts

Haut Condissas offers big juicy mouthful of ripe cassis, licorice, oak and tannin. 89-91 Pts

3,482 Views   Tasted
2009
90
Sweet, round and voluptuous, this early drinking wine is already serving up its pleasures with its supple textures, licorice, espresso and chocolate covered cherries. This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot is a little expensive for what it delivers, but it's a fun wine to drink today.

Sweet, round and voluptuous, this early drinking wine is already serving up its pleasures with its supple textures, licorice, espresso and chocolate covered cherries. This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot is a little expensive for what it delivers, but it's a fun wine to drink today.

4,888 Views   Tasted
2006
88
Served on Air France on my way to Bordeaux. Quite nice, with an easy, open, round, licorice and plummy personality.

Served on Air France on my way to Bordeaux. Quite nice, with an easy, open, round, licorice and plummy personality.

2,168 Views   Tasted
2005
90
Licorice, coffee, blackberry, earth, and smoke aromas open to a soft, round, crowd pleasing style of Bordeaux wine that is already showing well. I'd drink this on the young side to enjoy its fruit forward flavors.

Licorice, coffee, blackberry, earth, and smoke aromas open to a soft, round, crowd pleasing style of Bordeaux wine that is already showing well. I'd drink this on the young side to enjoy its fruit forward flavors.

2,187 Views   Tasted