An irresistibly charming and historic property located in the Pessac-Leognan appellation, Chateau Lespault-Martillac has experienced a real quality renaissance. Since 2009, the operation of Château Lespault-Martillac has been entrusted to the Grand Cru Classé de Graves Domaine de Chevalier and Olivier Bernard. With great passion and determination, Olivier Bernard has elevated this estate to its very best through wines that exude terroir in the glass.
Situated in the Pessac-Leognan appellation, the Chateau Lespault-Martillac vineyard is planted in deep gravel soils upon clayey-gravelly subsoils. 8 hectares of the vineyard are dedicated to the production of red wines and 1.5 hectares to the white wines. The vines are 40 years old on average.
The heavy rainfall as well as a lovely, warm spring season favored early flowering. The dry and scorching summer conditions impacted the young vines. The rest of the vineyard was resistant to water stress thanks to the reserves accumulated in spring. The month of August, warmer and punctuated by rainy periods, preserves the vigor of the vines and the freshness of the fruit, ensuring both a good vigor of the vines and the optimal ripening of the fruit. The month of September, sunny and with good thermal amplitudes, refined the maturities. The grapes, harvested at full maturity, were concentrated, rich, elegant and very fresh.
The vinification and aging
Three to five successive sortings depending on the maturity level. Pressing is slow, without de-stemming and without maceration in order to preserve the integrity of the fruit. Settling in a vat by gravity. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in barrels, as does aging (including ¼ in new oak barrels) lasting 9 months on lees with stirring.
Fruity and seductive, the nose reveals fragrances of fruit (nectarine, mandarin), citrus, meadow flowers and fresh grass.
Full-bodied and generous, the palate seduces with its freshness, precision and aromas of yellow peach, supported by lively minerality.