If you ever need a reminder that the grandest châteaux in Bordeaux are not confined to the most famous appellations, then I recommend a visit to Château Reynon, which can be found in the commune of Beguey, contiguous with the town of Cadillac, overlooking the right bank of the Garonne. This imposing neoclassical residence, its vast facade approached at an oblique angle along a tree-lined avenue, could put many classed growths on the Médoc to shame. Indeed, I suspect it could put most classed growths to shame.
More importantly, from our point of view, this maxim can should also be borne in mind when it comes to the wine. Not all of Bordeaux’s most noteworthy bottles come from grand names situated in famed appellations. The wines of Château Reynon have only the basic Bordeaux and Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux appellations, but they are nevertheless some of the wisest buys in the entire region. One reason is that this overlooked corner of Bordeaux is blessed with soils of well-drained clay over limestone, the steep slopes tumbling down towards the Garonne. Another is that the proprietors of Château Reynon know just how to make the most of such fine soils; they are the Dubourdieu family, these days led by siblings Jean-Jacques and Fabrice.