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 2018 Château Le Doyenné is absolutely phenomenal and for the price (and the life ahead in the bottle), this is a definite case buy. It holds the rare ‘Cellar Selection’ designation that Wine Enthusiast usually reserved for Barolo, Brunello or the big name Bordeaux. Almost never see anything under $25 with that tag, let alone at the price we have it for today.
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92 Points (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast
With oenologue, Michel Rolland’s team behind this estate, it is not surprising that this wine is rich while also structured and perfumed. Wood aging gives a final polish to a full, generous and ageworthy wine. Drink from 2023.
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