Château Lestage: Tasting & Drinking

Château Lestage is among the leading estates of the Listrac-Médoc and Moulis-en-Médoc appellations. If that was not evident based purely on the quality of the wines made here, perhaps the estate’s ranking as Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel in the 2020 Cru Bourgeois classification will provide the evidence you need. The presence of a white cuvée of genuine interest, distinct from some of the rather leaden examples that emanate from lesser terroirs on the Médoc peninsula, only adds to this domaine’s appeal.

Looking to the grand vin, Château Lestage, recent benevolent vintages have produced a run of high-quality examples, with the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2016 all worthy of our time. Having said that, even in lesser vintages such as 2014 and 2012, the wines are of interest.

In general, the wine from the vines in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation, Château Caroline, is worthy but tends to provide rather less excitement than the grand vin. And while I acknowledge I have not had many encounters with the dry white, La Mouette (not surprising given the fact it was reborn as recently as the 2016 vintage, after a hiatus lasting more than sixty years), quality here is also high. The 2020 vintage, reported on in this Weekend Wine report, would make a good introduction to the style. (28/9/22)

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