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Un Médoc fruité et contemporain pour un plaisir immédiat.
L’approche est « contemporaine » pour créer un vin fruité, rond, souple et généreux. La maturité des peaux est essentielle mais c’est surtout l’évolution du fruité dans la pulpe qui est surveillée de près.
Les extractions sont modérées pour ne retenir que les tannins les plus mûrs. La fermentation est souvent plus basse pour ne pas altérer le fruit et les macérations généralement un peu moins longues.
La micro oxygénation permet d’arrondir certains tannins et le travail des vins sur douelles leur donne un peu plus de volume et de corps. L’esprit de Lestruelle n’est pas compatible avec la barrique, d’où le choix d’utiliser des douelles de chêne français chauffées afin de transmettre de petites touches de grillé et de vanille. Grace à un système de micro bullage livrant d’infimes quantités d’oxygène sans dénaturer le fruit. Le temps de contact sur douelles est de 4 à 6 mois.
Explosif, le nez nous replonge en pleine cueillette de la mûre et du cassis en septembre. Les notes boisées toastées, vanillées, chocolatées, soulignent ces jolis arômes fruités. La bouche est généreuse, ronde, suave. Une pointe d’acidité porte le vin sur la longueur vers une finale en queue de paon.
Un vin pour les amateurs de Bordeaux appréciant les choses délicates
Le classement du Château Maison Blanche en cru bourgeois remonte au classement de 1932.
Sa vinification se fait selon la méthode parcellaire. Le tri de la vendange est manuel et la cuvaison se fait en raisins entiers, isolés par terroir et par cépage. Les fermentations sont lentes afin d’exprimer au mieux chaque terroir et le travail de la vigne. Il s’agit de plus de fermentations malolactique naturelle sans ajout de bactéries.
L’élevage se fait à 75% en barriques de chêne français. Pendant 12 mois, la couleur se stabilise, les arômes se complexifient et l’ossature s’affine.
Le nez est discret, délicat. Les fruits rouges dominent sur un boisé d’une grande finesse rappelant les gousses de vanille, le moka et le grillé chaleureux.
Ses tannins sont sérrés, denses, la bouche est suave mais tendue. Un vin d’une grande longueur avec une persistance aromatique impressionnante.
This cuvée, limited to just 5,000 bottles, is made from three small selected plots of vines, tended as one would a garden, with complete respect for the environment.
Precision winemaking is the logical continuation of meticulous work all year long in the vineyard, with each plot receiving tailor-made care. We find the same pleasure in doing this as a gardener does turning over the soil and surveying his crops with satisfaction...
We wanted to take the very best of three "gardens" to produce a unique wine.
The Merlot grapes from sandy-clay soil account for Cuvée Jardin’s roundness, "sweetness", smooth tannin, and generous red fruit aromas. Merlot grapes from limestone soil contribute minerality, elegant tannin, length, and spicy aromas with forest fruit nuances. And grapes from the third plot, with clay-limestone soil, provide structure and complexity. This is an utterly delicious wine with a strong personality. The French oak adds subtle roasted, toasty, and vanilla hints that complement the intrinsic fruitiness.
Grapes from each plot are separately fermented in small vats and particular attention is paid to extracting smooth tannin. Our expertise consists in letting each stage of winemaking begin naturally and then adapting our winemaking.
Cuvée Jardin is very rich, concentrated, and mouth watering with soft oak nuances that add a certain "sweetness". This is a delightful wine to drink within 7 to 8 years after the vintage in order to appreciate its vivaciousness.
A contemporary winemaking approach accounts for Lestruelle's fruity, round, smooth, and generous flavour. Ripe skins are essential, but the development of fruity flavours in the pulp is also quite important, and must be closely followed.
Extraction is moderate so as to preserve only the ripest tannin. Fermentation is often at a relatively low temperature to retain fruitiness, and the wine is not left overly long on the skins.
Micro-oxygenation makes certain tannins smoother, and the immersion of oak staves gives the wine more volume and body. Lestruelle's flavour profile is not compatible with barrel ageing, which is why French oak staves are used to contribute subtle toasty and vanilla overtones. Thanks to "micro-bullage", small quantities of oxygen help bring out the wine's aromatics without compromising its fruitiness.
The wine stays in contact with the staves for 4-6 months.
The extremely expressive nose is reminiscent of fresh-picked blackberry and blackcurrant. Toasty, vanilla, and chocolate nuances complement the attractive fruity aromas. Château Lestruelle is generous, round, and smooth on the palate. A touch of acidity contributes to the long, rich, majestic aftertaste.
Château Maison Blanche was recognised as a Cru Bourgeois starting with the very first classification in 1932. The estate is also mentioned in the first editions of "Bordeaux and its Wines", or Cocks and Feret, often referred to as "the Bordeaux Bible".
Winemaking takes into account the particularities of each individual plot in order to fine tune the final blend. The grapes are sorted by hand and whole grapes are left to macerate on the skins, divided into separate vats according to terroir and grape variety.
Fermentation is slow in order to bring out the best of each terroir and take full advantage of meticulous work done all year in the vineyard. Malolactic fermentation takes place naturally, without the addition of bacteria.
The wine is 75% aged in French oak barrels. Over a 12-month period, the colour becomes stable, the aromas more complex, and the structure more elegant.
The bouquet is understated and delicate. Red fruit flavours dominate the very refined and well-integrated oak influence reflected by hints of vanilla pods, mocha, and toasty nuances.
The tannin is tightly-knit and the texture is smooth but with character. The aftertaste is delicious and impressively long.
Limited to just 5,000 bottles, this cuvée is the ultimate expression of Château Maison Blanche, as well as its traditions, excellence, and demanding standards. “Parcelle” is an outstanding blend of wines from two historic plots. The Merlot vines at "L’Enclos" overlooking the Gironde Estuary produce generous, powerful, and very smooth, wine with lots of fruit and a strong personality. The Merlot vines in the "Puits de Jeanfaure" plot, crossed by an ancient Roman road, account for rich, but taut wine with creamy tannin and a taste reminiscent of black fruit.
Wine from two other plots consisting of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon complement the blend.
Picking starts very late on all four of these plots, and lasts from late October to mid-November.
Wine from each plot is aged in barrels from different cooperages and of varying origins and toasts in order to give added complexity to the final blend. The daily tasting of wine from every barrel by Patrick and Jacques Bouey, Nicolas Meylan, and Stéphane Derenoncourt is a real ritual. In the end, only a small part of these wines are accepted into the final blend of "Parcelle", Château Maison Blanche's iconic wine. The blend takes place 18 months after the vintage. “Parcelle” is rich, concentrated, and very strong, with a soft oak flavour that in no way overpowers the fruit. The vibrant bouquet displays blackcurrant and black cherry overtones with a few toasty nuances. The wine is long, taut, and has a very long aftertaste.
For several years, we have been committed to sustainable development in our vineyards at Château Lestruelle and Château Maison Blanche, entailing a very environmentally-friendly approach respecting both healthiness and tradition. We feel that this orientation is vital in order to preserve the land left to us by our ancestors, and that we will one day leave to our children and future generations.
This is what led our manager, Nicolas Meylan, and his team to grow vines at the two estates according to the precepts of organic agriculture and biodynamics. Biodiversity and respect for the soil and the vines are key factors here.
In keeping with this philosophy and committed for some time to voluntary environmental management practices, our two estates received ISO 14001 certification in 2011, among the first in Bordeaux.
Château Maison Blanche and Château Lestruelle are also committed to the 14 points of the ETHIQUE & NATURE charter created by Maison Bouey for a range of branded and estate wines that respect a set of requirements and environmental concerns.
We think that to make great wine, you need to be in tune with nature. We want our wine to be as natural as possible and so it is hardly surprising that we have turned to organic viticulture. .
This calls for taking care of each plot as though it were a separate entity. Each one is a world unto itself, with different soil, fauna, and flora...
It is thus necessary to analyse, understand, and anticipate the vines' needs, hand in hand with nature. In order to do so, we study the influence of the heavenly bodies and the position of the moon (waxing or waining, and its distance from the earth) on plant and animal life.
Nicolas Meylan, manager of both estates, is a "gardener" who tends the vines biodynamically and uses only certified organic treatments such as sulphur and copper. These are carefully timed, and used in small, homoeopathic doses that stimulate the vines, "destress" them, and make them less vulnerable to vine diseases.
Over the years, Nicolas Meylan has become a true Bordelais, and has completed his experience with extensive travels to further his understanding of viticulture and winemaking. These have taken him to Burgundy and Florida, where he learned a great deal about organic agriculture.
After jobs as General Manager and Cellarmaster at Château La Dominique and Château Giscours, he was appointed manager of Lestruelle and Maison Blanche in 2003. Nicolas Meylan was intimately involved in developing biodynamic viticulture at these estates, which represented a considerable challenge.
For further information, please download the full interview with Nicolas Meylan in the “Download” section.
The Bouey family's grounding in winegrowing dates back to 1821 in the Médoc communes of Lamarque and Cussac.
At the time, family members worked at various vineyards pruning, ploughing, harvesting, etc.
In the 20th century, Jean Bouey (who was born in 1901 and died in 2000 – he will have seen an entire century go by!) was a winegrower in Cussac who founded the négociant firm of Bouey & Fils in Ambarès, on the Right Bank, in 1958 with his two sons, Serge and André.
In 1991, Patrick Bouey, Jean's grandson, took over management. Nine years later, he acquired Château Lestruelle and Château Maison Blanche, located not far from where his grandfather started out. This was a form of homage to his ancestors, a return to his roots and the generations of winegrowers who preceded him. As a child, his father, uncle, and grandfather taught his twin brother Jacques and himself about viticulture at the family estates. Later on, he enjoyed fine bottles at relaxed family meals consising of lamb chops or rib of beef cooked over vine cuttings.
Thanks to the efforts of Patrick Bouey, these two Crus Bourgeois – modern, elegant wines among the finest in their category – are appreciated around the world and praised by leading wine critics.
This man of character, whose skin is tanned like leather, was open to learning about wine from scratch, without any preconceived notions or dogmas. He worked hard, observed what was going on around him, and acquired a hands-on knowledge of viticulture and winemaking thanks to numerous experiences in various appellations.
The notions of terroir and tradition interested him greatly from the very beginning. He is greatly inspired by the Burgundian model, and his work methods are more intuitive and less systematic in order to produce wines with minerality and freshness.
Wine is a meeting of minds, a way of fostering human relations. Stéphane Derenoncourt’s approach is based on common sense, a respect for manual labour, and a belief in tasting as a precious winemaking tool.
He makes wines that he himself likes to drink and share. In 1999, he and his wife, Christine, acquired Domaine de l’A, an estate in the Côtes de Castillon. He also created Vignerons Consultants, a consulting firm that grew quickly thanks to the success of wines he was responsible for making. Each of these has its own identity, and is not made according to a recipe.
Today, Derenoncourt Consultants consists of a team that includes young oenologists just out of university who, thanks to hands-on experience, discover the realities of winemaking. The company has clients in Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Provence, the Loire Valley, the Lot, the Southwest, the Languedoc, the Roussillon, and Burgundy, as well as abroad. Derenoncourt Consultants make wine for some world famous estates such as Château Prieuré Lichine, Château Canon La Gaffelière, Francis Ford Copolla's Rubicon Estate in California, etc.
Making fine wine can be compared to preparing fine food. It entails a subtle blend of similar and contrasting flavours to create a whole that is better than the sum of its parts.
Each estate has a very diverse terroir that contributes nuances of aromas and tastes. Treating each plot separately calls for an intimate understanding of this incredible diversity of soils and microclimates in our vineyards. Separated by just a short distance, certain plots produce smooth wines, while others produce more taut ones. Likewise, wines from some plots are light, whereas those from others are powerful, and ditto for fruity wines from one parcel, and more vibrant ones from another...
Stéphane Derononcourt's speciality is composing and creating wines from a carefully studied blend of wines from different plots. For over a decade, he has been acknowledged around the world as one of the greatest "creators" of wine in existence. In conjunction with the owner, Patrick Bouey, and the estate manager, Nicolas Meylan, he has mapped out the multitude of plots at both Château Lestruelle and Château Maison Blanche. Each one has its own identity and style.
However, defining the nature of each plot is only part of Stéphane Derononcourt's method, because each vat is unique and like an uncut gem. It takes special skill to blend each one in the right proportions to create the most attractive possible wine. That is the role of a talented winemaker. Stéphane Derononcourt makes the most of the intrinsic fruit, discovers which vats will complement one another, and in what proportions, and imagines the wine's development in order to enhance it as much as possible.
If you wish to contact us at the property
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CHÂTEAUX MAISON BLANCHE and LESTRUELLE
Nicolas MEYLAN, Estate Manager
1, ROUTE DE LAMENA – F 33340 SAINT YZANS DE MÉDOC – France
Tel: +33 (0) 556 090 501 / + 33 (0) 619 076 622 / Fax : +33 (0) 556 090 631
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