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Bordeaux Blend,
 2015

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Description

Lassègue is the essence of opulent ripe and rich Bordeaux blends, a wine of great elegance and finesse. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon adds softness and roundness to the wine. With a voluptuous, layered and complex structure, the wine shows an accomplished character, which reflects the limestone and clay of the hillsides

Variety: Bordeaux Blend
Region: Saint-Emilion, France
Winemaker:  Chateau Lassegue
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Very beautiful deep and brilliant red color with spices on the nose. A lot of finesse on the palate with nutmeg and white pepper flavors. A very balanced wine that develops a good length on the palate and a mineral finish. Fine and persistent tannins

Chateau Lassegue offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage

John's Notes

In April, I held a Zoom tasting of the Lassegue Grand Cru 2015 with 5 couples, each with the same bottle but in different houses. It was my first virtual wine tasting, and it was challenging on so many levels – internet speeds varied, people talked over each other, one couple’s feed continuously froze when they spoke, pets competed for attention, etc., etc.  I definitely empathize with all of the high school and college teachers out there doing their best to teach under these less than ideal conditions

The Lassegue Grand Cru 2015 enfolds in waves of dark, brooding flavors. Don’t buy this one if you’re looking for a bright-juicy Merlot-based Bordeaux blend.  If however you’re looking for a bottle with layers of black fruit (blackberry, purple plum, blueberry), firm tannins, pronounced notes of black pepper, cocoa nibs, cigar box, black licorice, and campfire smoke all competing for your attention, then this is a good one to try

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Chateau Lassegue

  • The ornate sundials which adorn the façade of the beautiful 17th century Chateau of Lassegue are the symbol of the extraordinary sun exposure of our vineyard and the theme of our label

Variety: 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region:  Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Climate/Vintage:

  • Located on the Côte de Saint-Émilion, the vineyards of Château Lassègue are blessed with both extraordinary soils and extraordinary south/south-west exposition to the sun
  • After a normal spring, rain and clouds defined the difficult 2015 summer. But starting August 27th, the weather patterns changed drastically to bring a warm, dry, sunny spell that lasted through harvest. As a result, the grapes benefited from a long hang time allowing greater fruit maturity. The later ripening Cabernet Franc thrived in the perfectly timed Indian summer
  • The good weather during the grape harvest, which took place from September 21st to October 7th, concluded the preparation of a top vintage

Viticulture

  • The geologic composition of the Chateau Lassegue soils is particularly fascinating. From the summit of the plateau or ledge of Saint-Emilion, with its chalky soil, the land begins to slope steeply then more gently, and the soil becomes more of a chalky clay, with varying portions of limestone
  • Chateau Lassegue is planted to 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The estate’s vines average from forty to fifty years old. Only old vines can capture and transmit the soil’s message so completely through their deep roots. It is, among other things, the age of the vines that creates complexity in the wine
  • The vines yield no more than thirty-five hectoliters of fruit per hectare, and are managed with great precision
  • The clusters are harvested manually at optimum ripeness. “These old vines only produce a few clusters of grapes, which concentrate all they draw from the soil into an incomparable expression of the character of Saint-Émilion.” – Pierre Seillan

Winemaking

  • Chateau Lassegue is vinified in stainless steel tanks
  • The oak barrels used at Chateau Lassegue are unique because the cooperage is owned by the Jackson family. In fact, each barrel is labeled with the GPS coordinates letting the winemaker known where the tree used for that specific barrel was pulled from in the forest
  • The wine is aged in 30 – 40% new French oak for 6 to 8 months

Alcohol: 14.0%

Pairs With:  Short ribs with mushrooms, steaks on the grill, smoked meats

Reviews

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (93): Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with expressive black forest cake, preserved plums and blackberry pie notes with an undercurrent of mocha, grilled meats, sandalwood and cigar box plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, rich and densely packed with opulent layers of spiced black fruit preserves and chocolate box notions, it has wonderfully plush yet firm tannins and a lovely suggestion of background acid, finishing long and fragrant.  Lisa Perrotti-Brown 2/2018

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