From almost nowhere, in 10 years Agassac has shot to stardom, thanks to big investments by insurance company Groupama. Under the management of Jean-Luc Zell, new wood has become a dominant item in vinification. In 2004, this is verging on too much, but ripe blackberry flavors should assert themselves in 2–3 years. A wine for modern Bordeaux lovers.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.