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Vignobles Despagne Rapin


Family estate since 1938
Location : Montagne, on the right bank of Bordeaux, east of Libourne.
Area : 32 hectares
Use of the vineyard : organic farming (ecocert 2009)
with biodynamic method (demeter 2012) - manual harvests
Grapes : Merlot and Cabernet-francs

 

 

 

Château Maison Blanche
On the picture : Château Maison Blanche, which buildings are
home to one of the largest aging cellars of the area
and an underground vault of old vintages.

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Profile of the winegrower



Rooted in the land of Saint-Emilion for over three centuries, the Despagne family is involved in the works of the vine and wine for at least 11 generations. In 1972, by intheritance, the family took charge of part of the vineyards acquired by Louis Rapin between 1938 and 1964 in Montagne, Saint Emilion, Pomerol and Libourne. Heir to a long tradition, Nicolas Despagne enthusiastically defends his ethics dedicated to preserving the environment, the wine quality and authenticity. In his book "Carnet of Harvest", he captures the birth of the great 2005 vintage through the Châteaux Maison Blanche, Tour de Corbin-Despagne and La Rose Figeac which were all under his charge with his sister, Nathalie. Diary of a harvest, unusual and special, this book demonstrates the sincerity of its author, an exceptional winegrower. Assisted by Corinne, his wife and winemaker (who "complains" of being too little sollicited), Nicolas Despagne now closes the trend started in 2000 with a biodynamic certification. The prestigious wines that he produces with such humility are incredibly authentic.
Member of "Renaissance des Appellations" in 2017.

propriété

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vendanges

cuvier


Wines estate

Louis Rapin (old vines1943/1955)
Château Maison Blanche (grand vin)
Piliers de Maison Blanche
(second vin)
Vinum simplex (100% cabernet franc, natural wine)
Eléanor (rouge clair)
Je t'ai dans la peau (rosé pale)

Amélie Constant (crémant de Bordeaux)

chai à barrique

jarres

Press review and competitions :

- Château Maison Blanche : 92 DECANTER + GOLD MUNDUS VINI vintage 2010, selection of group Ducasse including Plaza Athénée (Paris)
- China Food TV, june 2009 (english dubbing, chinese subtitling) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja0Y-v2KJAg

- TF1, september 2010 (french) : http://videos.tf1.fr/jt-13h/la-passion-du-vin-saint-emilion-c-est-son-domaine-6073727.html
- TV7, february 2011 (french) : http://ma-tvideo.france2.fr/video/iLyROoafzkok.html
- RVF, guide Hachette, Terre de Vins, guide Gault & Millau, Bettane & Desseauve.


Carnet de vendanges

Gourmand Award 2006
for the book "Carnet de Vendanges"
written by Nicolas Despagne and published by Féret edition


 



Website of the winegrower : http://www.chateaumaisonblanche.com/

 



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