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From dawn to dusk, the 18th century château has witnessed the painstaking work carried out in the vineyards, season after season. With its 36 hectares of vines set against Saint-Emilion’s southern hillsides, painstakingly laid out across a natural amphitheatre, Château Lassègue's vineyards are blessed with a perfect south/south-west exposure and a clay soil mixed with varying proportions of limestone.
These nuances are further enriched by the varietals planted. Complementing the old Merlot vines, that grand old grape of the Saint-Emilion region, Cabernet Franc plays an important role at Château Lassègue, balancing the blends with its delicate aromas. A finishing touch of Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure and power to the blend.
The Lassègue team has a certain « je ne sais quoi » that sets it apart. It has a simple and direct manner of representing the estate, an authentic and intuitive approach to the work in the vineyards and a technical precision, without pretension, in the crafting of the wine.
Château Lassègue's old vines best capture the message of the soil thanks to their deep roots, just as Pierre and Nicolas Seillan draw their inspiration for their micro-cru approach from the land. They take the time to understand the terroir and to adapt their methods to different vintages. Their sensitivity and experience enable them to work hand in hand with nature at each stage of the winemaking process and to transform these nuances within the cellars of Château Lassègue into the finished wines.
Pierre Seillan's micro-crus approach, which he has practiced for more than 30 years, takes into account all the components of the terroir to reveal its complexities. Sustainable management of the vineyards and gentle treatment of the grapes during the harvest ensure that the character of each individual micro-cru shines through.
By utilizing an array of small tanks, the micro-crus are individually brought to life. Allowing each small batch to be vinified separately multiplies all the possible options, not unlike the ranges of colors on an artist’s palette. Here again, the winemaker uses his sensitivity to compose a wine that reveals its terroir in a fine balance of power and elegance.
The terroirs of the oak
matches the terroirs of the vine
Another key to winemaking at Château Lassègue is the ability to match the terroirs of the vine to the terroirs of the oak. Specially crafted by a stave mill located in the heart of the Vosges, and in which the Jackson family has an interest, these barrels guarantee traceability and create nuances that enrich those of the wine. These barrels are then aligned by hand in rows within the château’s traditional cellar, identified both by the individually chosen oak tree’s forest of origin and the type of barrel toast that has been tailored to each cuvée of wine.