Château d’Agassac

Discovering an estate such as Château d’Agassac is one of the rewards of looking beyond the classed growth châteaux of Bordeaux. The vineyards in this particular corner of Ludon-Médoc, just around the corner from Château La Lagune, although certainly not the most famous, have frequently received recognition through the region’s various classification systems. The 1932 Cru Bourgeois classification, for example, listed a number of relevant estates including Château Fontbonne-Agassac, Château Ludon-Pomiès-Agassac and Château Pomiès-Agassac, and in more recent years the modern-day Château d’Agassac has regularly appeared in the annually renewed Cru Bourgeois listing.

Château d'Agassac

The problem is that much of what is written about Bordeaux and its wines fails to look beyond the upper echelons to these Cru Bourgeois properties. This is a mistake, as anyone who should ever be fortunate enough to set eyes on this château, or indeed taste its wines, will perhaps realise. This is a truly ancient estate, its history stretching back to feudal times, to at least the 13th century. Nevertheless a remodelling in more recent centuries added a number of Renaissance features, and thus the château now has the appearance of a Hollywood-esque fairytale lair, complete with moat. And the grounds are immaculate, the property surrounded by acres of tightly clipped grass, which radiates an emerald green.

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