Château Doisy-Védrines

In my profile of Château Doisy-Daëne I draw some parallels between the division of the Doisy vineyard, which happened some time during the first few decades of the 19th century, and more famously cleaved left-bank estates such as Château Pichon-Baron and Château Pichon-Lalande, as well as the Léoville trio, Château Léoville-Las-Cases, Château Léoville-Poyferré and Château Léoville-Barton. In such cases it is not unusual to find the offspring devoid of a grand château (although certainly the rule is not unbreakable – it is certainly true in the case of the Léovilles, but not the Pichons!), and indeed it seems true with the Doisy estates as well.

Château Doisy-Védrines

There is certainly no such grandeur to be found at Château Doisy-Daëne, and searching for the château of Château Doisy-Védrines some years ago I concluded the same was true here. Having located the estate – the large sign at the side of the road is something of a clue – I circled it in the hunt for the château, the existence of which I thought inevitable. But my investigation drew a blank. Perhaps, I thought to myself, the property had never been blessed with any such residence?

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