Chateau Lestignac Blizzard


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Vintage: 2019
Region: Nouvelle Aquataine, France
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Grape varieties: 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon

Chateau Lestignac Blizzard is a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend. Two months on lees, then aged in cement for 5 months. Unfined, unfiltered, and very low SO2.

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About Chateau Lestignac Blizzard

Chateau Lestignac Blizzard is a Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend. Aged two months on lees, then aged in cement for five months. Unfined, unfiltered, and very low SO2.

“Blizzard” grapes are purchased from Château Tourmentine. This estate is certified biodynamic, and the vineyards are located in Monestier (6 min driving from Lestignac). Mathias and Camille harvest with their team and bring the grapes back to their winery. 3 different parcels are selected for this wine.

About Chateau Lestignac

Château Lestignac is managed by Camille & Mathias Marquet, a young couple who inherited the family farm in 2008. The farm originally included 17 hectares of vinifera vines. Still, the Marquets pared the vineyard down to the best sites. They introduced a diverse garden and livestock into the mix to develop a true polyculture complementing their conscientious, organic farming style. 2009 was their first vintage under the banner of Lestignac, and the couple began introducing biodynamic farming in 2011. In addition to the vineyard, the farm has over 200 fruit trees in addition to 80 chickens, and 20 sheep that can be found in and around the vineyards.

Half of the vineyards are on a gentle north-facing slope, with the other half on a plateau. Horses work all parcels instead of tractors or other machines. The increasing use of biodynamic preparations—including nettle, comfrey, yarrow, and wicker—has reduced the use of sulfur and copper treatments over time. Most vines are 40 to 60 years old, with selective replanting. The new vines are goblet pruned, unique in Bergerac, to provide more protection from the sun and foster a higher, natural acidity to ensure a fresher style of wine. Fermentation is always spontaneous with indigenous yeasts; nothing else is added except for a touch of sulfites at bottling. In 2017 the Marquets started a négoce brand, “Hors Les Murs,” and a project is in the works to start making ciders from the apples and pears grown on the property.

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