Château Lestage: Vineyards

Château Lestage is located in the eastern part of the Listrac-Médoc appellation, a brisk fifteen-minute walk (four minutes if you are feeling tired, and drive instead) from Château Fonréaud, which lies directly southwest. Even closer is Château Clarke, which lies just 900 metres east, a walk that will take you just eleven minutes (I won’t comment on the length of journey by car). The proximity of Château Clarke is perhaps not surprising, given that it and Château Lestage were both once in the possession of Antoine de Saint-Guirons, during the early years of the 19th century.

Château Lestage

The vineyards are divided between the Listrac-Médoc and Moulis-en-Médoc appellations, with the largest part in the former. There are 46 hectares planted to red varieties which are eligible for the Listrac-Médoc appellation, these being 63% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, planted at a density of 7,000 vines per hectare. The average age of these vines is just 20 years, as although the oldest date to 1972 there have been many more recent plantings. In addition, alongside these vines there is a tiny half-hectare plot planted to 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon, at a density of 7,000 vines per hectare, established in 2014.

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