At Château Lestrille in Bordeaux, France, Estelle and Jean-Louis Roumage make wines that are modern in style, fruit-driven and made to enjoy.
Jean-Louis is an agricultural engineer who combines modern growing and winemaking techniques with a great respect for traditions.
The 96-acre property, which has belonged to the Roumage family since the end of the 19th century, is located in the small town of St. Germain du Puch, in the northern part of Entre-Deux-Mers (referring to the area between the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers).
Believing the essence of winemaking lies in the vineyard itself, they use sustainable winegrowing practices and do their very best to respect the balance of both the vines and the soils. The fermenting room allows vinification of each plot with tailor-made precision.
Château Lestrille wines are fruity, well-balanced, round and full of appeal. Traditional winemaking techniques are used with great care, so as to produce a wine that fully reflects the grapes it comes from, along with their flavors and individuality.
Château Lestrille is working toward an SME (Environmental Management System) certification, which will result in a more environmentally friendly way of working at all stages in the vineyard and at the winery.
Château Lestrille produces three wines, two of which are available in Virginia. The Chateau Lestrille Blanc is a classic example of an Entre-Deux-Mers white, consisting of mostly Sauvignon Blanc with a small amount of Muscadelle blended in for body. These wines are crisp with aromas of citrus and white peach. The Chateau Lestrille Rouge is unusual for a Bordeaux red in that it consists entirely of Merlot, as opposed to being a blend. Oak aging provides notes of cedar and leather and will allow this wine to age for 5-10 years.