Chateau Lassegue ‘Lassegue’, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2011
The omnipresent question: does a wine with 90-point credentials from the major wine press truly need another review from someone who shells out more than €50 on a bottle just twice a year, three times tops?
Of course not. This is here just to note, mark and commemorate my first experience with Chateau Lassegue, this St. Emillion property that was another exceptional treat courtesy of the inaugural TopVino International Wine Festival here in Ljubljana in October. That accessibility helped impress upon me how accessible a wine so opulent, dense and layered in flavors can actually be. Especially one so young.
The 2011 from this relatively young winery –a partnership between California wine pioneer Jess Jackson and French vigneron Pierre Seillan founded in 2003– is a standard blend from the “right bank” blend composed of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The nose was dazzling, with plenty of ripe black fruit and some light spice, prefacing the lively black cherry and blackberry on the palate. The tannins are strong and structured, but not chewy. It’s a marvelous wine that I’d love to have the pleasure of trying again in ten years. Because it will be better.
With a €59 price tag, it’s not especially accessible for most people’s wallets, mine very much included. So in the meantime, I’ll make a point to seek out their second label, Les Cadrans de Lassègue, and their third, Chateau Vignot, which appear to be available for less than half the price. I’m guessing those too would work nicely for just about any special occasion.
Tasted 17 Oct 2016 at the TopVino International Wine Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Price listed is local (Ljubljana) on day of tasting.