The story of Château Haut-Lagrange begins with Francis Boutemy, perhaps not the most familiar of Bordeaux names although it is one that has cropped up on these pages before, as Francis was an instrumental figure in the nascency of Clos Marsalette. Along with his friends Stephan von Neipperg and Jean-Pierre Sarpoulet, he purchased a small parcel of vines in Pessac-Léognan which would eventually grow into that small domaine.
Today Francis Boutemy and Clos Marsalette have long since parted company, the domaine now in the hands of Stephan von Neipperg and his investors. Looking back to its creation though, it was perhaps inevitable that Francis was involved. I say this because Clos Marsalette lies a very short distance from another estate which also owed its existence to Francis Boutemy’s admirable work ethic and undeniable determination. This was Château Haut-Lagrange, an estate he had crafted just a few years before Clos Marsalette was born.Please log in to continue reading: