Chateau Lespault-Martillac 2011

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  • Olivier Bernard and his team have undertaken to make this wine one of the jewels of the Pessac-Léognan appellation
  • they use the same methods as the finest great growths
  • ploughing the soil; sustainable viticulture; plot-by-plot vineyard management; hand picking and careful sorting of grapes
  • 1 or more bottles
    $88.00
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Olivier Bernard and his team have undertaken to make this wine one of the jewels of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, with an outstanding potential. In order to do so, they use the same methods as the finest great growths: ploughing the soil; sustainable viticulture; plot-by-plot vineyard management; hand picking and careful sorting of grapes; grape transfer by gravity into small 50-80 hectolitre fermentation vats; finely-tuned extraction; malolactic fermentation; ageing in barrel on lees, and so on.

Very deep, almost black colour. Intense bouquet featuring blackberries, Agen prunes, and blueberries, subtle peppery overtones, and hints of cocoa and almonds.

The immediate sensation on the palate is of great breadth and satisfying richness. It has all the magic of great Merlot! This generous, smooth wine gives a harmonious impression of sweetness, backed up by firm but silky tannins. Clarity and precision add to this wine's overall brilliance.

The elegant, long aftertaste is reminiscent of the terroir, with fresh hints of graphite and gravel. Its balance, softness, and superb freshness are typical of this vintage.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
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  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
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  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux has a rich history of winemaking, dating back to the Roman times. Today, it is known as one of the most significant wine regions in the world, with a reputation for producing complex, full-bodied red wines. The region is home to a diverse range of terroirs, each with its own unique microclimate, soil composition, and grape varieties.

The left bank of Bordeaux is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, which thrives in the region's gravelly soils. These wines tend to be bold, tannic, and complex, with notes of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the right bank, Merlot is king, producing wines that are softer and fruitier, with notes of plum, cherry, and chocolate.

Aside from the red blends, Bordeaux is also renowned for its sweet wines, particularly from the Sauternes and Barsac appellations. These wines are made using a unique process that involves botrytis, or "noble rot," which concentrates the sugars in the grapes, resulting in a lusciously sweet and complex wine.

Bordeaux's classification system has evolved over time, with some estates moving up or down the ranks depending on the quality of their wines. Today, the system includes five growths, with Premier Cru being the highest and Deuxièmes Crus being the second-highest. There is also a separate classification for the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, with Chateau d’Yquem holding the highest rank.

Overall, Bordeaux is a region that continues to captivate wine enthusiasts around the world with its rich history, diverse terroirs, and exceptional wines.

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About the brand Chateau lespault martillac

Château Lespault-Martillac is an ancient estate located on a fine gravelly rise overlooking the commune of Martillac. Since 2009, management has been entrusted to Domaine de Chevalier, a Graves great growth belonging to the Bernard family.

Olivier Bernard has a clear ambition: to realise the château’s outstanding potential and its aim of becoming one of the jewels of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The new man at the helm of Lespault-Martillac gives us an insight into future developments.

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