2015 Lespault-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1376322 94 points James Suckling

 A layered and beautiful white with intense aromas of lemon ice, stones and green apples. Full-bodied, focused and rich. Best wine ever from here. Drink now.  (2/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Based on a 75/25 split of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, the 2015 Château Lespault-Martillac Blanc is an exotic, clean, classy white from the vintage that has bright acidity giving plenty of lift to notions of lime, tangerine, mint and even a hint of lychee nut. With medium to full-bodied richness, it has impressive concentration, as well as elegance, on the palate, and should keep for a decade.  (11/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Blanc from Lespault-Martillac is made up of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon. Fermentation took place in barrels, 35% of which were new, 35% one year old and 30% two years old. The wine aged on its lees for 14 months. It's a little closed on the nose, showing notes of white pepper, freshly squeezed lemons and peach kernels with touches of lime leaves and grapefruit peel. Medium-bodied with wonderful intensity and a racy line, it finishes very long and very pure. (LPB)  (2/2018)

Wine Spectator

 On the plumper side, with a burst of grapefruit oil followed by honeysuckle, quinine and lemon peel hints. A swath of shortbread carries the finish. Drink now through 2020. (JM, Web Only-2018)

K&L Notes

91 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Chateau Lespault-Martillac 2015 Blanc has quite a primal grapefruit and citrus peel nose, a little distant with touches of kiwi fruit and mint developing in the glass. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, quite lively in the mouth with a tang of spice toward the finish. It develops nicely in the glass, developing a slight oiliness to the texture with aeration. Recommended."

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
Made by the team from Domaine de Chevalier, the quality and pedigree of this wine is quite apparent. It is a full bodied white, that is aged on its lees for 14 months, imparting a richness that is also balanced by the fact that it didn't go through malolatic fermentation, preserving its fresh acidity. I would suggest pairing it with any light meat, fish dish made with some creamy sauce. And of course...Lobster!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2018 | Send Email
Lespault Martillac is a Domain de Chevalier property in Pessac Leognan, and the quality associated with it is evident. It has great weight and phenolic texture, with bristling minerals and great balance between tropical and lemon notes, and a long, crisp finish. This is great Bordeaux blanc!

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.