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Chateau Lespault Martillac History, Overview
While what we know of as Chateau Lespault Martillac has a long history, dating back to the days of the ancient Romans, the modern era for Chateau Lespault-Martillac began in 2009, when the owner of the property, Jean Claude Bolleau, entered into a long term, leasing contract with Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier.
This agreement allowed for Olivier Bernard to manage the estate, make and sell the wines. Prior to this arrangement, the Kressman family, who owns the neighboring Chateau La-Tour-Martillac were in charge of producing and selling the wines of Chateau Lespault-Martillac under a lease agreement that first took place in 1973.
This is the second leasing agreement Olivier Bernard has entered into. Oliver Bernard has a similar arrangement for Domaine de la Solitude which is also located in the Pessac Leognan appellation.
Chateau Lespault Martillac Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 10-hectare vineyard of Chateau Lespault-Martillac is planted for the production of both red and white Bordeaux wine. 9 hectares of vines are planted to 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec for the red wine.
The vineyard of Chateau Lespault-Martillac has a terroir of gravel and clay soil. Since the vineyard management has been taken over by Olivier Bernard, only organic vineyard farming techniques are being used in the vineyards today. Lespault-Martillac was certified 100% biodynamic in 2023 for white wine and in 2024 for their red wines.
To produce the red wine of Chateau Lespault-Martillac, vinification takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks that range in size from 60 hectoliters to 80 hectoliter tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks. The wine is aged on its lees for the first 5 months of the aging, for a total of 14-15 months in new and used French oak barrels before bottling.
For the production of the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Lespault-Martillac, the grapes are crushed using a pneumatic press. There is no skin contact. The wine is micro-vinified, meaning that it is entirely fermented in French oak barrels. To add richness, the wine remains on its fine less and is stirred.
There is no malolactic fermentation. The white wine is aged for an average of 10 months before bottling. The wines of Chateau Lespault-Martillac are produced by the same technical team that makes the wine of Domaine de Chevalier.
On average, the production for the red wine of Chateau Lespault-Martillac is 2,000 cases. For the white wine of Chateau Lespault-Martillac, not much is made. Only 250 cases are produced each year.
While both the red and white wine here is fine, the white wine is really quite good, and even though not much is made, it’s worth seeking it out. So far, I like the white wine better than the red. It’s just a great and surprisingly, fairly priced, white Bordeaux wine.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Lespault Martillac are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2009. Although it is important to note that vintages can vary as to their quality between the white wine and the reds as in some years, the reds are markedly better and in other vintages the whites are superior.
When to Drink Chateau Lespault-Martillac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Lespault-Martillac can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Lespault-Martillac is usually better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Lespault-Martillac offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-16 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Lespault Martillac, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Lespault Martillac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Lespault Martillac is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.
Chateau Lespault Martillac is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese. The white wine of Chateau Lespault Martillac is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal, and cheese.
Château Lespault Martillac Wine Tasting Notes
17 Vintages 33,678 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Lespault Martillac (Pessac-Léognan)|
Tobacco leaf, smoke, black currants and plums open the nose. On the palate the wine is polished, round and soft, with round tannins and layers of sweet, juicy, savory, dark red fruits in the medium-bodied, fresh finish. 91-93 Pts
1,285 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Rich, creamy, fresh and juicy, with layers of ripe pears, green apples, yellow citrus, and a touch of honey in the green apple and lemon oil finish. 92 Pts
1,212 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Lespault Martillac (Pessac-Léognan)|
Flowers and cherry tones with just a bit of smoky essence on the nose work perfectly with the fresh, sweet, ripe, juicy red fruits on the medium-bodied palate, and in the elegant, lifted finish. You can drink this just about on release, or age for 5-7 years for more complexity. 91-93 Pts
1,968 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2019||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Honeysuckle, orange blossom, white peach, pear and citrus rind are all over the place in this delicious, fresh, refreshing, lush, ready-to-go white Bordeaux wine. 92 Pts
2,764 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Lespault Martillac (Pessac-Léognan)|
Elegant, silky and sweet, the wine is medium-bodied with layers of ripe, juicy, fresh currants, flowers, plums, tobacco leaf and savor herbs on the palate and in the refined, energetic, polished finish. This is going to be great on release. 92 Points
829 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Dark ruby in hue, the wine shows much more lush qualities than usual. Round, supple, deep and fresh, the fruit is dark, silky and pure with elegance and zip in the fruity finish. This is going to be great on release! 91-93 Pts
1,432 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
The fresh squeezed citrus here, that mixes lemon and lime hits all the right notes. On the palate the wine is juicy, sweet, fresh and creamy, leaving you with green apple, a dollop of honey just squeezed lemons. 92 Points
745 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Juicy just squeezed lemon, lime and green apple have a real pop on the palate and in the finish. 92 Points
3,354 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
A dollop of honey, a squeeze of citrus and a tinge of tangy that rejuvenates the palette, this wine unveils a subtle, respectful line of stone which accents the juiciest of fruit. Due to the frost, there is a much higher percentage of Semillon than usual, giving the wine more fat and marbled qualities and a bit more sweetness. 91 Points
1,553 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Lespault Martillac (Pessac-Léognan)|
Black cherry, thyme and smoke on the nose, moving quickly to a puppy-soft, finesse driven palate. Confrontational, curvaceous and medium-bodied, this wine is already easy to drink and will be very nice on release. 89 Points
1,550 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Juicy lemon, lime, green apple and honeysuckle going on here. The wine has a sweet shot of lime and pomelo in the finish. . 90 Points
1,641 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Lespault Martillac (Pessac-Léognan)|
Smoky dark, red plums, with a real juicy character to the fruit. This is coupled with freshness and earthy, black cherries in the medium bodied finish. 90 Points
1,804 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh lime and lemon peel with a bit of the waxy Sauvignon Blanc quality, this wine is forward, fresh and ready for early, refreshing, crisp, citrus filled summer drinking. 90 Points
1,509 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2015||Château Lespault Martillac (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium-bodied, forward, soft and focused on its red cherry core, this will be enjoyable on release. 86 - 88 Pts
2,267 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2014||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Crisp lemon-lime with hints of waxy citrus rind, this wine reflects a sweetness in the fruit and packs a zippy acidity in the finish. 89-91 Pts
1,576 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2014||Château Lespault Martillac (Pessac-Léognan)|
This is a crowd-pleasing, early-drinking wine, light but ripe with the scent of olives and a dark, red berry profile. This wine is produced with the kind of style that will draw a broad audience. 84-86 Pts
1,488 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2012||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Refreshing, lively, energetic, open and serving up a blast of fresh squeezed, grapefruit, green apple, honeysuckle and lemon peel. 90 Points
1,908 Views Tasted Oct 22, 2016
|2010||Château Lespault Martillac Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
A top value for white Bordeaux wine, here you find an aged example with fresh and refreshing note of lemon peel, grapefruit, white peach and honeysuckle that is fully mature, and easy to enjoy, with grilled seafood. 90 Points
2,032 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2017
|2010||Château Lespault Martillac (Pessac-Léognan)|
Easy to like, medium bodied, soft, elegantly styled wine with dark cherries, licorice, smoke and a hint of oak. This will probably be best in its first 10-12 years of life. 89 Points
2,761 Views Tasted Sep 1, 2014