Twice a week in high summer the Lestevenie pop up restaurant offers amazing food by chef Matthew and wines by Chateau Lestevenie with the shortest wine miles - about 200 metres. Several of last night's diners have rebooked for next week already....
Our amazing 2012 red has taken almost three years of quiet maturing in its oak barrels. Now it is a delicious smooth red with hints of vanilla. Only argument. Humphrey says we will sell it at 8euros a bottle, I say that is far too cheap. Watch the price list... Anyway this morning saw the first customers for 2012 -the parents, children were more interested in the rope swing
Just bottled the 2014 Red, White and Saussignac. About eight thousand bottles in total. The bottling team were fantastic. A VERY long day!
We will give it a little time to settle then place your orders!
Last week Humphrey was lucky enough to go flying with his friend and take this shot of our vineyard. The different varieties of vine show up so clearly with their different colour of growth. Bottom left and bright green are the Cabernet Sauvignon and dark green next to them is Merlot. The photo shows almost the whole vineyard and its surrounding oak woods and meadows.
Wine tours at Chateau Lestevenie are becoming more and more popular. The fact you get to actually walk through the vineyard is unusual. Our visitors, many of whom have done loads of tastings all over the world, say that being outdoors amongst the vines is what they love about our tours. Certainly true for this group some of whom were from Canada, some Indonesia, England and Dutch..
Sometimes people wonder what would happen if vines were not sprayed against mildew. The picture below shows the stark result of a mildew affected bunch compared to the healthy bunch.
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.