Demoted in 1996, losing its classed growth status, the Despagne family set to work to get back on top, which was achieved in 2006. By 2004, they were on a roll, making a powerfully rich wine, with a good texture, spice from the Cabernet Franc, and some firm, dark tannins, layered with wood.
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.