Château Lestage
Chanfreau Family - Listrac-Médoc
62% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon & 1% Petit Verdot
The Chanfreau Family settled in Listrac-Médoc in 1962 when Léo purchased Château Fonréaud following his return from Algeria. A few months later, his father, Marcel Chanfreau, who also wished to settle in the Médoc, bought Château Lestage (neighbouring Fonréaud) and Château Caroline.    Today,  Marcel's grandson, Jean Chanfreau, runs the estates with his wife Marie-Hélène and his sister Caroline Chanfreau-Philippon. He bought Clos des Demoiselles in 2002. The family-owned vineyard covers 42 hectares in the commune of Listrac-Médoc and 9 hectares in the commune of Moulis en Médoc. The vines grow at the highest point in the Médoc, the Puy de Menjon, at an altitude of 43 metres.
Château Lestage’s vineyard dates back to Gallo-Roman times but it was only in the 19th century that the present manor, a splendid example of Napoleon III architecture, was built. Classified Cru Bourgeois Supérieur in 1932, this classification has been confirmed in 2003. 42 hectares in a single block, made of Gravelly Pyrenean soil on a limestone and clayey-limestone base.
Environmentally friendly growing practices, respecting both the plant and its environment. Strict selection of the parcels and the grapes. gentle crushing and destemming of the grapes, the must is then put into small-thermoregulated vats ensuring that the fermentations are perfectly controlled. The vatting period lasts 20 to 25 days depending on the vintage. Maturing lasts around 12 months in merrian oak barrels, a 1/3 of which are replaced each year.
Tasting notes
Château Lestage shows a deep purple color. It has an attractive, clean and pure bouquet with lifted strawberry and raspberry scents infused with a touch of vanilla from new oak. On the palate, the wine offers a lot of ripe red fruit and black current flavours. It shows good structure with silky tannins, for some good aging. The finish is long and harmonious.
Food pairing
Perfect with grilled red meat, cheese or with chocolate cake.
Aging potential
up to 15 years
Grape varieties
62% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon & 1% Petit Verdot
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
201992 Wine Enthusiast
201891 Wine Enthusiast
201891 VINOUS
201891 Decanter
Previous rating
201892 James Suckling
201692 Wine Enthusiast
201690 Vinous
201692 James Suckling
From an estate owned by the Chanfreau family in Listrac, this wine currently shows considerable wood-aging flavors that need to integrate. Once they have, the weight of the succulent black fruits will start to come through. The wine has potential. Drink from 2024.
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast
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