Still a family owned Château, the Despagnes have lived in and around St-Emilion since the early 17th century and they bought their first vineyards in this area in the early 19th century thus establing the estate. The current, and seventh generation, owner is François Despagne who describe himself as a modern tradionalist. He's keen to emphasise the importance of terroir while keeping fully abreast of up-to-date solutions which will enhance quality.
The estate extends to 30 hectares of vineyards which are at the northern end of St-Emilion bordering the Pomerol appellation and around three-quarters of the planting are of merlot with about 20% Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Since the mid 1990s they've followed sustainable farming principles and in 2010 converted to fully organic farming, achieving certification in 2013.
As a rsult of their approach the wines they produce are beautfully lush and concentrated and, happily, they are one of the châteaux that still offer excellent value for money.