Château Fleur de Lisse

, bordeaux France

Château Fleur de Lisse is located in Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse in Saint-Émilion. Owned by the Minvielle family from 1940 to 2015, the Château was acquired in 2015 by the Teycheney family, who have a particular interest in biodynamic farming. The property’s 8.66 hectares of vineyard are currently midway through the organic and biodynamic certification process.

The vines have an average age of 45 years. They lie on a rocky outcrop of calcareous silt soil, which encourages the roots to dig deep to access water and nutrients, giving the finished wines excellent freshness and acidity. Winemaker Nicolas Géré, who worked with Jean-Louis Chave before returning to Bordeaux, is uncompromising in his search for purity and elegance in the fruit. With a strong belief in the transition to biodynamic farming, Nicolas and his team have helped to restore the ecosystem in the vineyards by using highly effective growing techniques, and placing beehives and chickens among the vines.

Château Fleur de Lisse is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 49% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vinification is overseen by consultant winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet, who is also the consultant at Château Pétrus. The grapes are harvested by hand, while sorting is done both before and after destemming. Fermentation is carried out in temperature-controlled concrete vats for two to four weeks at a temperature between 28 and 30°C. The wine is then aged for 18 months in a combination of concrete vats and 20% new French oak. The warm, dry summer of 2016 helped the Cabernet Franc grapes to achieve ideal ripeness. The wine shows notes of vibrant red berries, blackberry fruit and liquorice spice, underpinned by elegant, fine-grained tannins and a lingering, fresh finish.

 

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