This 35-hectare estate in the village of Pineuilh is named for Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau, a French army officer who served under King Louis XIV and as a much revered fighting Governor General of New France, i.e. Canada.
The château has belonged to the Mesange family since 1842 and they have been winemakers there for five generations. They too have a colonial connection, having begun winemaking in Algeria at the time when it was a French colony.
Today Château Frontenac is in the hands of Roger Mesange, who took over from his father in the 1980s. The vines are planted on limestone and clay hillsides overlooking the Dordogne with their excellent exposure, and average 35 years of age.
Roger sets out to make classically styled, structured claret, softening the wine by ageing it for two years in concrete vats before bottling and release. Typically the blend is 40% merlot, 30% cabernet franc and 30% cabernet sauvignon.