Château Ampelia

Château Ampelia

Francois Despagne, of Grand Corbin Despagne, has owned this Côtes de Castillon property on the eastern edge of Bordeaux since 1999, and it has been one to follow since its first vintage in 2000.

The small five-hectare estate is on the plateau of clay-limestone soil over rock that lies next to the better-known Château d’Aiguilhe. The vines, which are farmed organically, comprise 95% merlot with cabernet franc making up the remainder.

The property produces rich, fruity and spicy claret with a lovely touch of freshness and a propensity to offer delicious drinking between three to eight years.

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