Nestled in between St. Emilion and Graves overlooking the beautiful Garonne River lies Château Le Doyenné – the passion project of Lorraine Watrin’s (Chateau Montrose) parents. They’ve spared no expense in resurrecting the historic property.
Dating back to 1791, and mentioned in the very first edition of Le Féret in 1858, they have painstakingly restored the property to its former glory over the last 25 years. They took it even further when they brought in Michel Rolland to oversee the winemaking.
It’s nearly impossible to find truly exceptional Bordeaux for under $20. This may be our chance in a lifetime to find a few exceptions to the rule. Drawn from what will go down as one of the historic age-worthy vintages – the 2016 Château Le Doyenné is absolutely phenomenal and for the price (and the life ahead in the bottle), this is a definite case buy.
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90-92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2016 La Doyenne, a Première Côtes de Bordeaux, has an understated but pure bouquet with red cherries, boysenberry jam and violet aromas that unfurl nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, fine structure, subtle but slightly tarry fruit and a gently but insistent grip on the finish. This is a fantastic wine that I look forward to re-tasting in bottle.
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