B-21 Top Recommendation
If you're going to produce world-class wine in Saint-Emilion – worthy of global recognition, immediately recognizable for impeccable quality – two ingredients are imperative: great terroir and the invaluable consultancy of Stéphane Derenoncourt. Terroir goes without saying. For anyone not yet familiar – if that's possible – I’ll share a bit about Derenoncourt; why he's so important to the great wines of Saint Emilion. Derenoncourt hitchhiked to the region from his native Normandy to take part in the 1982 harvest. So it was probably pre-ordained that Derenoncourt would become someone whom Jancis Robinson considers the new Michel Rolland. After all, after a few more harvests, he was hired to run the cellars at Pavie-Macquin, later landing the winemaker spot for Stephan von Neipperg at Canon la Gaffeliere and la Mondotte. Today, Derenoncourt – 53 years young – is consulting for THE most important Saint-Emilion properties of our time: Clos Fourtet, Pavie-Macquin, Canon la Gaffeliere and Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, to name but a few. Yes, you guessed it; he also runs the show here, at Faurie de Souchard, a 30-acre estate owned by the Dassault family. The Dassaults know terroir; they know Derenoncourt, too. You'll taste their 2010 and it'll all become crystal clear.