Chêne Besson de Lestage

Château Lestage Chêne Besson
Vintage 2014
Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel - Grand vin de Bordeaux

The Vintage of suspense

After a mild and rainy winter, vegetation started at the first temperature rises 2 weeks early.A warm April and a cool, wet month of May led to some coulure and millerandage on the earliest vines, especially Merlots. The bloom was fairly fast and homogenous favoredbythe high temperatures of early June.Repeated showers punctuated the summer requiring constant vigilance of the vineyard.August cool and cloudy lost the advance of 2 weeks, caused an uneven maturation.By the end of August, Bordeaux had the longest Indian summer ever.Two and a half months of hot, dry days.

The excellent health status allowed to wait for the optimum of maturity.The Merlots harvestbegan on September 29th on the earliest plants and lasted until October 9th. The homogeneity of maturity was remarkable.The Petit Verdot was picked up between 13thand 15thOctober. CabernetSauvignon was harvested between October 14th and 16th, the good weather having allowed us to wait for their full maturity.

Alcoholic fermentations were made by favoring fruit extraction.The wines are very colorful, have a beautiful structure that augursa very nice evolution in bottles.The summer freshness has favored the aromatic side of the wines and the purity of the aromas.

  • Harvest period : 29th September to 16th October
  • yield: 30 hl/ha
  • Alcohol Degree: 13,5 %vol 
  • Total Acidity 3,43 gH2SO4/L
  • Ageing: 30% barriques neuves
  • Production Grand Vin : 162 000 bottles
  • Conditioning : Bottle tradition -Carton or wooden case of 6 or 12 bottles
  • Œnologist : Antoine Medeville


  • Cabernet Sauvignon (37%)
  • Merlot (62%)
  • Petit Verdot (1%)
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