Château d’Agassac: Tasting & Drinking

If we were asked to draw up a list of top-ranking Médoc domaines, the commune of Ludon-Médoc would perhaps not be the first to spring to mind. The favourite here has long been Château La Lagune, a third growth estate jokingly referred to by some as the premier grand cru classé of the Médoc, simply because this is the first classed growth estate one encounters when driving north out of Bordeaux. But this is not the only estate worthy of our attention here, as this profile hopefully demonstrates. Situated just around the corner from Château La Lagune, Château d’Agassac is an under-rated, under-the-radar domaine which turns out rich and characterful wines which are most certainly worthy of some attention.

Putting to one side the many different labels produced here and focusing purely on those wines made under the Château d’Agassac label, these are good examples of the left-bank Cru Bourgeois style. In the better vintages the wine has a very pure and rich fruit character, with damsons and violets, while still maintaining a fresh, tannic structure. This Cabernet-dominated cuvée is balanced by the presence of L’Agassant d’Agassac, which features much more Merlot, and is intended for those who might find the usual tannic structure found on the left bank a little intimidating.

My experience of the wines has leaned towards the positive, especially in favourable vintages such as 2014, when the wines – tasted with Jean-Luc Zell, as I hinted in the introduction to this profile – showed very well indeed. I look forward to getting to grips with these wines in more successful vintages in the future. (5/12/15)

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