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The Story

Grapes from a single hectare planted with 80% de Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon are fermented with surgical precision by the highly-skilled team from Domaine de Chevalier.

The wine, barrel-aged on fine lees, is a crystal-clear with a slightly golden colour.

The lively aromas of Sauvignon Blanc grown on this terroir feature tropical fruit with citrus overtones. We enjoyed this wine’s aromas for a surprisingly long time before tasting it! The immediate impression on the palate is of fresh fruity, suave opulence without any heaviness. Delicate acidity enhances the structure of this generous wine and prolongs the pleasure on the aftertaste for several seconds.

The lovely balance and mineral overtones of this dry white wine reflect the superb terroir and great respect for the fruit.

The newly-renovated cellar at Lespault-Martillac was designed for winemaking on a par with the greatest estates in Bordeaux. That is because the terroir deserves it! We introduced small 60 and 80 hectolitre vats filled by gravity flow in order to fine tune the final blend to reflect our vineyard management system.Extraction is adapted to the characteristics of the vintage and done with utmost care to respect the purity of the fruit. 

At Lespault-Martillac, like at Chevalier, the white wine is fermented entirely in barrel on its lees, with regular bâtonnage (stirring with a stick). Our priority for the red wine is to maintain the grapes whole and unbruised, especially the skins, which are extremely important to the quality of the tannic texture. Pumping over and pigeage (punching down the cap) are done manually. I would like to point out that the red wine is also aged on the lees for the first few months…


Vintage 2022

Bordeaux 2022 vintage will stay in the memory of the world of wine as the exceptional vintage which kept a lot of surprises. The year started well with bud break at a normal date, so the frost in early April did not too much damage. The flowering started in mid-May and in optimal conditions. June brought stormy rains which were able to partially reconstitute de water reserves of the soil, however hail fell locally with sometimes very important damages. The fruit  set took place a hydric limited context, which determines the small size of the berries. Veraison begun in mid-July in hot and dry conditions. August was hot however it kept a contrast of day and night temperatures, therefore the conditions for ripening the grapes were perfect. The white wines were harvested at a historically early date already in August. Also the reds were harvested very early at the beginning of September. Good news for the noble sweet wines: botrytis developed thanks to rain in early October and resulted in wines of great purity. 


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Bright yellow colour with green hue. Excellent nose with multi-layered character, refined citrus fruit, grapefruit peel and hints of tangerine, apricots and peaches in the background, hints of Buxus and white blossoms. On the palate well balanced and structured with refined minerality, excellent length. 

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