Chateau Lestage Listrac Medoc Cru Bourgeois is a red wine produced by the Chanfreau family in the Listrac wine growing region of Bordeaux.
The property has been owned by the Chanfreau family since 1963. It consists of single block of 42 hectares of vineyards (they also own 9 hectares in Moulis en Medoc where they make sister wine, Chateau Caroline). Chateau Lestage was originally classified as a Cru Bourgeois Superieur way back in 1932 but this classification has been discontinued and, since the Sélection Officielle 2010 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, it has been classified as a Cru Bourgeois.
The vineyards of Chateau Lestage are located at the highest point in the Medoc, the Puy de Menjon, at an altitude of 43m. The Chateau itself, located amidst the vineyards, was built in 1870. Chateau Lestage shares a remarkable terroir with its neighbour Chateau Fonreaud consisting of gravel soils on the plateau with clay-limestone and marl one the slopes – perfect for Merlot. The vineyards are tended using sustainable methods with the greatest respect for the vines and their environment. During the harvest different parcels of grapes are selected and vinified separately. After a gentle crushing and de-stemming, the grape must is vinified in small, temperature controlled vats which allows maximum control over the vinification. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels, a third of which are renewed each vintage. The parcels are finally blended prior to bottling.
The blend for Chateau Lestage is 56% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Approximately 190,000 bottles per vintage are produced.