Chateau Lestage is located in the charming region of Montagne Saint-Emilion.

18,5 ha of Lestage vineyards lie on the top of the highest hill in the area. The whole day the vines are exposed to the sun.

Clay and sandy pocket stretches from Pomerole to Montagne, including the Lestage hill. The soil composition here strikingly resembles the famous soils of Pomerol.e a unique palette rich with a variety of delicate flavors of fruits, minerals and spices. The charming, elegant and subtle tastes of local wines preserve the traditions of this region.

The top of the hill location allows the winds to bring the sea breeze. The combination of climate and soils unique even for this region creates great conditions for ripening of Merlot grapes, which take over 15 ha of the vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc make a wonderful addition to the wine bouquet.

Chateau Lestage wine program includes 100% Merlot wines as well as Merlot and Cabernet blends.

Château Lestage  is located in the charming region of Montagne Saint-Emilion.

18,5 ha of Lestage vineyards lie on the top of the highest hill in the area. The whole day the vines are exposed to the sun.

Clay and sandy pocket stretches from Pomerol to Montagne, including the Lestage hill. The soil composition here strikingly resembles the famous soils of Pomerol.

 

The top of the hill location allows the winds to bring the sea breeze. The combination of climate and soils unique even for this region create great conditions for ripening of Merlot grapes, which take over 15 ha of the vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc make a wonderful addition to the wine bouquet.

Chateau Lestage wine program includes 100% Merlot wines as well as Merlot and Cabernet blends.

Family History

 

The family legend says that German native Kurt Bouchert served as a soldier in the army of Louis XIII and distinguished himself in the capture of La Rochelle. For that he was conferred the noble title and a piece of fertile land near Saint Emilion.

During the times of Napoleon III, Kurt de Bouchert’s descendent - Pierre de Bouchert gained the right to supply his wine to Paris. This wine got the name ”second original”. Pierre de Bouchert also increased the size of the estate to about 400 ha, by purchasing surrounding land. He built the family castle du Puy on the bank of the Dordogne River.

After WW1 the impoverished children of Pierre de Bouchert had sell the property off bit by bit.

 

Château Lestage got its current shape in 1931. The last of the Bourchert family named the remaining part of the estate Lestage (dead load), thus admitting the vineyards's secondary role, even though the annual production of the excellent wines of Tage de Lestage, Château de Lestage and Château du Puy was about 120 000 bottles.

CHÂTEAU LESTAGE

MONTAGNE SAINT-ÉMILION

SAINT-ÉMILION

Wine Region

 

The vine was introduced to the Bordeaux region in ancient times. In Middle Ages the area around Libourne becomes well-known among wine makers, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that the wines of this region became known as the great wines of Bordeaux. In 1922 the Montagne-Saint-Emilion appellation was created, which became AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) in 1936.

 

 Bordering Pomerol  in the west and Saint Emilion in the south, the vineyards of Montagne are nestled in the most prestigious terroirs of Libourne and cover over 1600 hectares. Montagne Saint Emilion takes its name from the hilly terrain. As the saying goes, the bottom steps of the Church in Montagne match the top of the spire in Saint-Emilion.

Geologically speaking the Montagne area is dominantly chalky limestone mountains. Limestone quarries have been known here since the 14th century. The area to the west has some sandy clay and the southern parts have some gravel, otherwise the soil in the region has an almost unique homogeneity.

 

 

Montagne Appellation lies halfway between the equator and the North Pole, in the marine climate zone. Recent decades of warmer weather have made it possible to grow fig trees here. Nonetheless the ocean climate is particularly capricious and there is always a chance of rain during the harvest season, which lasts from mid-September to early November.

 

Traditionally the wines of  Montagne-Saint-Emilion are a collection of different grape varities: Merlot80%, Cabernet Franc – 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon – 10%. There are 210 estates in Montagne.  The average size of a vineyard is about 7,6 ha.

Over 80 000 hectoliters (10 600 000 bottles) of high quality red wine produced each year.

 

Located on the ancient steep soils of limestone and clay, where water is naturally well controlled, the vineyards of Montagne-Saint-Émilion produce wines with a discreet tannic base, graced with finesse and complexity. Evolution has created here a unique palette rich with a variety of delicate flavors of fruits, minerals and spices. The charming, elegant and subtle tastes of local wines preserve the traditions of this region.

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