A family winery in Médoc
foundet in 2010
vines at the Gironde
We cultivate a natural landscape and live from the fruits of the terroir.
The careful handling with the given nature is an obligation out of respect
The considerate vine-growing and the diligence we put into
winemaking is a matter of personal importance.
In 2010 we bought the winery Vignoble Chaumont in
Bégadan including the two Châteaux LASSUS and LE REYSSE. In 2011 the winery
Vignoble Boyer in the neighboring St. Christoly with the two Châteaux CLOS
DU MOULIN and MOULIN DE LESTAGNE followed. Significant changes and
renovation of the facilities and buildings established a nice co-operation
between both wineries continuing to work independant. Since 2011 Château
LASSUS is our family seat.
CLOS DU MOULIN
MOULIN DE LESTAGNE
Responsible cultivation - respecting nature
young hares between our vines
Our intention is to
make excellent wines in a sustainable way within a natural environment well
Many vineyards are surounded
by hedges and waters such as channels.
A significant part of the property
belongs to the Natura 2000 project.
Between the vines we keep natural
greening allowing plenty of herb-varieties
Such diversified area
structure accomodate exceptional flora and fauna. We found ten native orchid
varieties growing on our winery. They grow between the vines, on the meadows and
in our forrests. There are plenty amphibians such as tree-frogs and salamanders.
We are very happy about a growing turtle population. These European pond turtles
are under strict protection. Also cuckoos, green woodpeckers, storks, owls and
several birds of prey find a good livelihood. Since November 2013 our winery is
‘AREA’ certified and since 2019 ‘HVE’ certified
(Haute Valeur Enironnemental).The meadows and pastures with the cattle breeding are managed
organically and certified accordingly.
In the Chai Barrique: Grey Bats (Myotis grisescens)
Nature also has its place in our old buildings. It is not unusual for kestrels and owls to
nest in the niches of the old walls. Barn owls live in the large chai and a large family of
bats can be found in the chai barrique every summer because it is particularly cool here.
Quality-Winemaking means handcraft
Terroir, cultivation of vines, vinification and
barrique aging are realized with personal efforts towards our quality
philosophy. The result is a typical Médoc-Wine with a unique finesse, high level of
concentration, balance with a tight structure and length.
Our wines provide a significant aging
Deep grounded gravel, partly with clay layers in the underground Kies-Böden
as well as limestone plateaus are the starting basis. In addition a particula
climate influenced by the Atlantic ocean and the Gironde river. The careful
cultivation of the vines in the different vineyard locations is according their
specific requirements. This complete the complexity of our terroir.
That is how great wines are made.
orchids between the vines
young green lizard
100 year old vines
The described soils are excellent
draining. This is the reason for the very deep rooting of the vines, else
they would not resist the draoght periods. The age of our vines is
exceptional high, accordingly the root system is very well developped. We
have one vineyard wich vines planted bofore 1917. Such old vines are not as
productive in quantity, however the quality of these grapes is exeptional
with extreme high grade of complexity.
During the season’s different cultivation techniques are taken such as bud,
leaf and grape cuttings. This is to ensure air circulation through the vines
for healthy growing and maturing. These health supporting and yield
restricting measures are taken to ensure quality wines.
Before grape picking, we pas once more through the vines selection from each
these grapes we do not prefer to select. Those we let just drop to the ground.
This ensures fast picking of healthy grapes at top maturity which is during
three days, even if the weather conditions a difficult.
All this is to ensure healthy mature wine berries for vinification.
selection after picking
All vegetative parts as well as non-mature
berries are to be selected out of the berries for vinifiaction. This we proceed
over several steps with technical support and significant manual work force.
During this process we separate in two steps the berries from the juice
generated. The juice is cleared separately.
After a pre selection the grapes are destemmed, then they go through the
automatically selection process and finally comes the manual selection by
minimum four persons.
This is to ensure that proper berries only come to the vinification process.
Important investment in the vinifikation since 2010 resultet in significant
quality improvement of the wines.
The traditional Médoc extraction methods ‚remontage‘ and ‚delestage‘ in
accordance to the fermentation process lead to a high grade of selective
extraction of fine tannins. The possibility of temperature control secures
the process stability and ensures to maintain the fruity aromas. The result
is a rich wine with concentration and perfect balance between fruit and
Already during the spontaneous lactic-acid fermentation, just after the
subtraction of the grape pulp, the wine comes for the first time into contact
with French oak.
The fining is without the usage of collage
As such we need to process this clearing step in handcraft with skill, destines
and patience - repetitive until the wine is clear. The outcome is a pure,
autenthic and natural wine - simply vegetarian.
Barrique aging - good things need time
the 'Chai Barrique'
Our Barrique inventory is of best French oak from the forests Allier and
Tronçais, with specific toasting according the different wine lots. These
barriques are renewed every three years. During barrique aging the wine lots
remain separated to allow each specific character its best development. This is
to get the best basis for the assemblage finally.
A herd of herford mothercows/sucklingcows
belong to our winery Kriterien. They care about the natural pastures.