The Chateau Lespault-Martillac white is a wine produced in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. 30 years old on average, the one-hectare vineyard is planted in a soil with deep gravel upon clayey-gravelly subsoils. The wine is aged in barrels (of which 25% of new barrels) on lees for 9 months on average, with regular stirring. The 2016 vintage combines 75% Sauvignon Blanc with 25% Sémillon.
The climatic conditions of this vintage were historic. From the 1st of January to the 20th of June, there was heavy rainfall, enabling the collection of large reserves of water. The improvements in the climate between June 4th and 11th was perfect for a miraculous flowering. From July 1st onwards, the summer truly settled and was marked by plenty of heat and drought, sometimes leading to a block in the ripening of the grapes. Yet, on the 13th of September, life-saving rains hit the vineyards, reviving the development of the vines and accelerating the process of maturation. The magnificent thermal amplitudes up to the harvest ensured a perfect ripeness of the different grape varieties, as well as peaceful harvest.
With its light yellow colour and pale green, brilliant and pure reflections, this wine reveals a nose of great freshness that develops into explosive aromas of ripe and juicy white fruits, along with notes of citrus and exotic fruits. It is ample and generous in the mouth, and very refined. Nice flavours of pears and nectarines appear, heightened by the wonderful tension and a magnificent mineral freshness. The wine achieves a great balance between softness and sweetness, offering a finish that combines purity and minerality.