Wine Enthusiast 91
This ripe, wood-aged wine brings together structure, spice from toastiness and touches of white-peach and red-apple flavors. It is a well-judged wine offering fruit and potential. Drink this ageworthy wine from 2022 ~RV
Grapes: 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, & 10% Sauvignon Gris
Tasting notes: This wine offers an intense nose of white flowers, honey aromas and an elegant toast. The mouth is complex and well rounded, offering pleasant baked apple notes with a hint of vanilla and a long length.
Pre-fermented maceration of 12 to 18 hours
Cold racking of the must (10C )
Ageing: six months in barrels
Chteau Haut Selve is the only creation of a vineyard in Bordeaux in the 20th Century. The vineyard was planted in the historical Graves Appellation area over a pine forest where vines used to grow 120 years ago. Each step of Chateau Haut Selves creation was thought and carried out as if it was a piece of art. The history of art and wine is the particularity of this property that is known to be one of the top five in Graves.
Density: 2250 vines/acre
Pruning: double guyot
Sun exposed leaf area up to 3.2 acres
Organic manure (faba beans and oats) and then scraping of the soils
Chteau Haut Selve was a daring project that was created from scratch by the Lesgourgues family. Their mission: to create a vineyard on the land of an estate that was infamous for being ravaged by phylloxera, land which had been abandoned for 120 years because it was too difficult to cultivate. Since 1993, theyve created everything, including planting the vines, constructing the winery, designing the landscaping, and installing the trellises.
Sylvain Dubuisson and Vincent Barre, famous architects and designers, were hired to supervise the construction of the winery and to design the estates landscape, grids, doors, and cellars.
That vision required the help of truly talented partners, comprising an enthusiastic and audacious team able to challenge themselves and who are devoted to their quest for excellence.
The Chteau Haut Selve motto, Non Nova Sed Nove, or, With the Present, Make and Build for the Future, illustrates this passion for innovation. The Lesgourgues family business was created in 1974. Today, succeeding Maurice and Jean-Jacques Lesgourgues, is the third generation of vintners. Presently, the family owns five properties-in Bas Armagnac (Chteau de Laubade), Graves, Madiran, and Ctes de Blayewhere they oversee wine production and commercial policies. The values that guide the company are tradition, innovation, and beauty.
Chteau Haut Selve now shines among the leading chteaux of Graves. Its white and red wines can be found in the best wine shops and in the wine lists of the finest restaurants in France. They are also exported in close to 25 countries worldwide.