Château Cantelys

One of the standard rules when looking for good-value Bordeaux is to look for little-known châteaux, sometimes hidden away in a lesser appellation, run by a talented winemaker who is more commonly associated with a renowned property. There are examples dotted all over the region; famous names from Pomerol, St Emilion, St Estèphe or St Julien trying their hand at winemaking in Lalande-de-Pomerol, the St Emilion satellites, the Médoc and Haut-Médoc appellations, or even further afield.

Château Cantelys

Pessac-Léognan is not exactly devoid of examples, with numerous estates – such as Château Lespault-Martillac, Château Le Thil Comte Clary and Château Le Pape, among others – all falling under the control of more famous neighbours. Another obvious candidate is Château Cantelys, a property which benefits from the expertise of Fabien Teitgen (pictured above), technical director at Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte.

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