Originating from Château de Laubade, the Lesgourgues vineyards represent an combination of five prestigious estates, from the Bas Armagnac to Madiran and from Bordeaux to the heart of the Graves. Le Bonnat estate was farmed by the team of Château de Fieuzal in Pessac‐Léognan from 1987 until 1997, untl it was taken over by the Lesgourgues family. Le Bonnat is located in the center of the Graves, near Saint‐Selve. Denis Lesgourgues is an art amateur and collecter, utlizing his contemporary pieces to decorate the Estate.
The vines are 30 to 40 years old, planted on stony, clay-gravel soils above a limestone bedrock. The plants are managed with the goal of limiting yields, and organic fertilizers are applied. Denis used cover crops (fava beans) on is vineyard in order to create a great warm ecosystem particularly important to maintain the soil structure of the Graves Terroir.
Manual harvest followed by fermentation at 30°C. The wines macerate for 15 days. The vinification is done in a modern winery with the most recent materials and techniques. It allows each batch of wine to be vinified and aged separately depending on its origin. The ageing of the wines is entirely done in oak barrels from 5 different coopers to add more complexity. 1/3 in new barrels ande 2/3 in neutral for 12 months.
Le Bonnat has a nice ruby colour with intense aromas of black berries and sandal wood. It has a woody feeling with elegant toasted notes. Fruity and spicy palate, with a finish presenting delicate wooded tannins.
This wine can be enjoyed as of today, decanted. It can also be aged for 3 to 10 years. Its a perfect wine to accompany red meat, and cheeses.