Château Beauregard Ducasse
Jacques Perromat’s sixth generation family estate lies at Mazères near Langon at the southern end of the Graves, with about 50 hectares of gravelly vineyards on limestone sub-soils hacked out of the surrounding forest from 1850.
This is as far removed - and not just in distance - from the grand estates of the Haut-Médoc as possible: here the farmyard is wholly unsigned and the cellar is a very large old barn once used for drying tobacco.
M. Perromat is a man of gruff charm but immense integrity, and prices his wine so fairly. We have been offering his wines since 2007, and they have consistently found favour with our customers. Don’t neglect the white: it’s a classic example of an under-rated style: oaked white Bordeaux now looks very cheap against oaked white Burgundy.