Château Lestrille is located at the northern point of the Entre-deux-Mers appellation in the small town of St. Germain du Puch between Libourne and Bordeaux. Passionate and dedicated winemaker Estelle Roumage makes modern, elegant wines from sustainably cultivated grapes. The estate is certified with the High Environmental Value (HVE Level 3) and Estelle believes the essence of winemaking lies in the vineyard itself; placing considerable emphasis on respecting the balance of the soil. Each plot on the 45 hectare property is vinified separately with tailor-made precision.
2016 has been lauded as an excellent and classic vintage. Bordeaux saw a wet spring in 2016, which built up the soil water reserves nourishing the vines throughout the exceptionally dry summer which followed. The glorious, warm, dry days were coupled with cool nights, perfect for grape maturation and concentration of flavours. Rainfall in September revitalised the vines. 2016 produced small, ripe grapes and the wines are marked by structured tannins, balancing acidity and superb aromatics.
The vineyards are managed using sustainable viticultural practices. The utmost respect is given to the balance between the vines, their natural environment and the soil. These cool clay and silt soils provide good water retention and impart a powerful quality to the final wine. This cuvée is made from plots which produce the fruitiest Merlot.
The grapes were picked at the optimum maturity levels. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, retaining the characteristics of Merlot while also preserving the essence of the terroir. This wine was bottled after 12 months ageing in stainless steel vats.
A fresh, aromatic unoaked Claret, showing vibrant aromas of ripe, soft plum and cherry. Beautifully structured, with round and silky tannins through to a delicate hint of spice on the finish.