Chateau Doisy Vedrines
Ranked as a 2éme Cru Classé Sauternes estate in the 1855 classification of Sauternes and Barsac, Château Doisy-Védrines is located in Barsac, but significantly uses the Sauternes AC rather than Barsac. The original estate which takes its name from an early owner called Jean-Baptiste de Védrines was founded in 1704, and remained in the family for four generations before it was sold in the early 1800's. It was divided into three parts in 1851, prior to the classification. It has been owned by the Castéja family [who also own Château Batailley and Château Trotte Vieille] since 1946, and is now run by Olivier Castéja. Château Doisy-Védrines is the largest of the three Doisy estates [Château Doisy Daene, and Chateau Doisy Dubroca being the other two] with 30 hectares are under vine, planted on the highest plateau in Barsac with 80% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle on sand, limestone and clay soils. The average age of the vines is 30 years and yields are extremely low, even by Sauternes' standards. The wines are aged in oak barriques for between 18 to 20 months, 100% new. Their second wine is called Petit Védrines, and they also produce a white Bordeaux called Chevalier de Védrines. The Doisy-Védrines style is incredibly rich and full-bodied – these are lush and concentrated unctuous wines!