Winegrower's portrait


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.

Nicolas Despagne now closed the loop started in 2000 with a biodynamic certification in 2013. The prestigious wines that he produces with such humility are incredibly authentic.

Domain's presentation

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) and biodynamic farming (demeter 2012) with manual harvests

Grapes : Merlot and Cabernet-francs

Vinifications : indigeous yeasts, natural fermentation with no intrants, ageing in amphoras, barrels and concrete tanks, light sulphiting at bottling

Member of "Renaissance des Appellations".

Agriculture Bio - BIOtiful wines Demeter - BIOtiful wines Vin Méthode Nature - BIOtiful wines

Press review and awards

Château Maison Blanche : 92 DECANTER + OR MUNDUS VINI millésime 2010, sélection du groupe Ducasse (Plaza Athénée, Paris)

Piliers de Maison Blanche : Jancis Robinson (16,5 pour le millésime 2014)

Le Rouge et le Blanc, Terre de Vins, Revue des Vins de France, guide Hachette, guide Gault & Millau, Bettane & Desseauve.