Laurence Brun, following in her father's footsteps, ran the estate from 1996 until this year, when she stepped down. For over 20 years, her passion for Saint-Émilion, plus support from an equally dedicated team, has powered her remarkable work for Vignobles Dassault. She is handing over to Romain Depons, who has 15 years' experience with Vignobles to prepare him for the Director's role, and Valérie Befve to support him as he sets out to bolster the estate's global reputation.
His in-depth work reaches its culmination this year with the completion of his ambitious project to map the estate's soils. This study of terroir has uncovered all sorts of potential in the 62ha of vineyard and has prompted interventions such as the judicious blending of wine from the lovely clay of Chateau Trimoulet, purchased in 2016, into those made from the La Fleur plots.
The 2018 wines are fruity and appetising, with lovely weight. There's no question that the decision to focus on individual parcels has given the wines better definition.