L de Lescours Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2002



A grand cru of grand crus, this is the top cuvée of petit Château de Lescours, from vines of between 90 and 140 years old.

Merlot led (75% of the blend), with Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc making up the balance, the respective components are aged in new oak barrels for at least 12 months, before blending and bottling.

This is a special and spectacular wine, deep in colour, concentrated and deeply layered, with a wonderful capacity for ageing. Aromas of black plum and date, leather, mocha, cigar box and fruitcake precede a dense palate of concentrated black fruit, soy, dark chocolate, barbecued meats and oriental spices, immaculately framed by a fresh acidity, minerality and powder-fine tannins.

Enjoy with beef or venison, or, dare we suggest, dark chocolate.

  • Full, rich, complex
  • 750 ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2032
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Producer: Château de Lescours

A real gem here, Château de Lescours is the home of Pierre Chariol and his family, with Pierre involved in everything from tending the vineyards, to the winemaking, to maintaining the 680 year old castle he calls home.

The château was built in 1341 and is surrounded by deep moats, a defence in medieval times against invaders arriving from the Dordogne river. Henri de Navarre, King of France from 1589 to 1610, twice took refuge here. Importantly for us, in the 19th century vines were planted all around the château and since then the Chariol family have been producing Grand Cru wines of Saint-Émilion.

The 7 hectares of vineyards are immaculately kept, as a passionate Pierre explained to us the work involved throughout the year, including the challenges of a changing climate in this marginal region. 80% of vineyard plantings are given to Merlot, with 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, with the average vine age 50 years. The oldest vines, up to 140 years old, make up the château's top cuvée L de Lescours.

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