Located on pristine property, the 60 acres of vineyards of Château Lassègue are drenched in sunlight from dawn to dusk. Ideal southwest-facing exposure allows for perfect ripeness of its fruit. The virtues of their terroir give them a natural advantage for producing incredible wines. Its diverse soils, sun-drenched vines, and coastal breezes give Château Lassègue its grand cru status.
The vineyards are blessed with unique soil composition; from the summit of the plateau with its chalky soil, the land begins to slope steeply then more gently, where the soil becomes more of a chalky clay, with varying proportions of limestone. The estate boasts average vines from forty to fifty years old, delivering wines that are rich and complex. Vigneron Pierre Seillan says “These old vines only produce a few clusters of grapes, which concentrate all they draw from the soil into an incomparable expression of the character of Saint-Émilion.”
New World Meets Old World
This Saint-Émilion estate was revived in 2003 when two families embarked on a new adventure. Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke, California visionaries in the world of wine, and Bordelais Pierre Seillan and his wife Monique knew that it was here where complexity, finesse, elegance, and silky tannins could best be cultivated.
Today Château Lassègue is a joint effort of two families that span two generations. Since the passing of Jess Jackson in April 2011, Barbara Banke, and their three children, Katie, Julia, and Christopher, have taken the reins, fueled by the passion that Jess passed on to them. Today, they work hand in hand with Pierre and Monique Seillan, and their children Nicolas and Hélène.
Château Lassègue Dual Vintage Release
The estate recently released dual vintages – the 2016 and a library vintage, 2012. They often hold back quite a bit from general release in order to re-release an older vintage when Pierre and Nicolas Seillan (father and son vignerons) feel the wine is ready to be enjoyed (or of course, cellared further if one desires).
Château Lassègue 2012 Lassègue Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (SRP $60)
An ideal blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is rich, smokey and meaty. It is a very deep garnet color with generous black cherries, boysenberry, and spice on the nose. Layers of black fruit coat the mouth. The palate is silky and expressive with supple tannins and great density. Notes of smokey graphite leave a beautifully long lingering finish.
Château Lassègue 2016 Lassègue Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (SRP $60)
This wine is sublime and symbolizes the elegance of the great wines of Saint-Émilion. With slightly less Merlot in this blend than the 2012 vintage, it is comprised of 60% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is dark and has an intense cherry red hue. It has a well-defined bouquet of black cherries, cranberries, and violets. The purity of the fruit, the finesse of the tannins, and elegant oaky notes come together to offer a silky palate that expresses the Merlot of this special wine region. The 2016 Château Lassègue will stand the test of time and can age for decades to come.