St-Emilion undoubtedly contains some established superstar châteaux, with Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Pavie and Angélus sitting atop the Classification pyramid.
Several other estates have become uber-fashionable in recent years, often as a result of revitalised management and major investment. Canon, Figeac and Belair-Monange, for example, are now amongst the hottest properties in this part of Bordeaux.
So, a small estate purchased in 2010, with a low-profile name and classified as a ‘mere’ St-Emilion Grand Cru, may not set the pulses racing.
However, further investigation is required when one realises that the co-owner is Peter Sisseck, of Pingus fame, and that the other partner involved is Lalique chairman Silvio Denz, owner of nearby Château Faugères and also of Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes.