Château Doisy-Védrines: Tasting & Drinking

Inevitably the Doisy vineyards invite comparison, and when such comparisons are made – usually between Château Doisy-Védrines and Château Doisy-Daëne (Doisy-Dubroca rarely gets a look-in) – they often come down in favour of the latter, a smaller estate which benefits from the expertise and higher profile of its proprietor, the late Denis Dubourdieu (1949 – 2016). Having said that, the Castéja family have an equally impressive track record in the region, and the truth is I rarely find much qualitative difference between the two wines. Indeed, I can think of a number of vintages where I have been compelled to buy both for my own cellar (well, you have to, don’t you?).

The two wines do exhibit differences in style of course, and I think comparisons along these lines are perhaps more appropriate than rating them based on ‘quality’. Château Doisy-Daëne is often said to have a little more elegance than the richer, more spicy and occasionally rather imposing Château Doisy-Védrines, although both wines have the vibrant Barsac acidity, said to come from that limestone bedrock, to balance out any richness of texture.

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