is one of the stars of the new Blaye AC appellation. In years gone by the appellation of Cotes de Blaye
was better known for their white wine rather than their red wines, it was an area know for producing lighter-style, fruity quaffing reds dominated by Merlot. In 2000 the new Blaye appellation was created with the intention of improving wines from this area - the new laws require 11% alcohol by volume rather than 10.5% and maximum yields have been reduced and new plantings have an increased vine density. All of these help to produce more concentrated, complex wines. Chateau L'Embrun is at the forefront of the quality revolution in Blaye. It was purchased by by Franck Fourcade, who also owns Chateau Chasserat
in the same area, in 2001. Chateau L'Embrun's vineyards are approximately 35 years old and the vineyards are planted with 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec.