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Chateau Lespault-Martillac Blanc 2016

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750ML / 0% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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

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JS 93
James Suckling
Fresh, lemon-jelly bouquet, but it also has some creamy richness which neatly balances the lively acidity on the palate. Long, polished finish with some salty minerality. A blend of 70 per cent sauvignon and 30 per cent semillon. Drink or hold.
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
Plenty of lemon blossom, white grapefruit, and floral notes emerge from the 2016 Château Lespault Martillac Blanc, which is based largely on Sauvignon yet includes 30% Sémillon. Aged in 35% new French oak, it’s medium-bodied, has good freshness and acidity, top-notch balance, and outstanding length, all making for a delicious Bordeaux Blanc to drink over the coming decade or more.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Chateau Lespault-Martillac 2016 Blanc is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Bland and 25% Sémillon. It displays good intensity on the nose with grapefruit, peach and mango aromas that are nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, mango and papaya, quite saline in the mouth with good definition on what feels like a weighty finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes, this is a commendable dry white from Olivier Bernard.
Barrel Sample: 89-91 Points
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Fresh, showing lively cut to the mix of lemon pith, verbena and white peach flavors, with extra minerally zip through the finish. A light echo of shortbread lurks, which will likely blossom with a little time in bottle. Drink now through 2022.
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Chateau Lespault-Martillac

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Chateau Lespault-Martillac, France
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Chateau Lespault-Martillac is one of the oldest estates in Martillac, and wine has been made here since Roman times. It is located on a magnificent gravelly rise overlooking the commune. The chateau, an 18th century manor house, and the newly-renovated cellars are located in the heart of small vineyard with old Merlot vines producing low yields of high-quality grapes.

Starting with the 2009 vintage, the owners, the Jean-Claude Bolleau family, have entrusted management of this estate to Domaine de Chevalier, a Graves great growth. Olivier Bernard and his team have undertaken to make this wine with an outstanding potential one of the jewels of the Pessac-Leognan appellation. In order to do so, they use the same methods as the finest great growths: ploughing the soil, sustainable viticulture, plot-by-plot vineyard management, hand picking and careful sorting of grapes, their transfer by gravity flow into small 50-80 hectolitre fermentation vats, finely-tuned extraction, malolactic fermentation, ageing in barrel on the lees, etc.

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