A property marked by its rich, elegant, almost sumptuous style of wine. It is no surprise that there are considerable plantings of Merlot (35%). The balance was Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and a relatively whopping 8% of very old Petit Verdot. Now the aim is to increase the proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon to 60% at the expense of the other three varietals, mainly the Cabernet Franc. Around half the vines are now being farmed organically and it is the intention to increase this percentage significantly. The vineyards border Saint-Julien and this also helps contribute to the wine’s intense, fragrant and complex style. However, there have been some strange variations in quality over the last couple of decades. Vintages of the late 1990s have been disappointing, whereas 1995 and 96 were magnificent, clear super ????? wines. Since 2000 it looks to be back in the top division, although 2005 was leaner than expected. After the acquisition by the present owners in 2008, a massive renovation programme has taken place which is still ongoing. The estate is now managed by Nicolas Glumineau previously of Ch. Montrose. Other exceptional years have included 86, 83 and, of course, the legendary 82. Réserve de la Comtesse is the second wine.