Château Bastor-Lamontagne is a property that should be better known than it is. Not only is it the source of some delicious wines, but it was always an estate very much in demand back when sweet wines were à la mode. The King of France owned Bastor-Lamontagne back in the 1700s, although at this time growing vines was just one of the many activities on the farm. The real winemaking got underway in 1839 when the property was bought by Amedee Larrieu, the owner of Château Haut-Brion. It is no surprise that the wines enjoyed an exalted reputation at the time. The onset of phylloxera, powdery mildew and then two world wars took its toll on the estate and it has only been recently that things have started to improve. Today the 56 hectares are split between Semillon (80%), Sauvignon Blanc (17%) and Muscadelle (3%) and Bastor-Lamontagne is held up as one of the best value estates in the appellation.
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