Chateau Lespault-Martillac Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Barrel Sample: 92-93
Barrel Sample: 91-93
This estate has been run by the incredibly talented Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier since 2009. Their 2018 Château Lespault-Martillac Blanc offers a clean, crisp style to go with impressive notes of honeyed citrus, melon, and white flowers. It’s beautifully balanced, has a straight, focused texture, and a clean finish. A blend of 70% Sauvignon and 30% Sémillon, it’s a terrific white well worth seeking out. Barrel Sample: 91-93.
This is silky and nicely held together, pretty tight in its liquorice and oak flavours, not leaving much room for the dark fruit quality lurking in the background.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2031. Barrel Sample: 90
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.