The wine has a pale yelow robe with green reflects. The nose is fragrant and complex, with hints of white fruit and acacia flower. The palate is rich, well rounded, with a hint of smoke. Brightness and acidity are portrayed through the sauvignon grapes, while the Semillon gives it great texture and weight. A perfect balance! 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc
Situated in the Graves Appellation, Chateau Le Bonnat was originally operated by Chateau Fieuzal. It was not until 1991 that the Lesgourgues family made the acquisition of the property.The 56 acres of vineyard are planted in the northern part of the Graves appellation, in proximity to the village of Saint Selve and the historical land of Montesquieu at La Brede. The 30 years old vines in average are planted over a clay-gravel and chalky soil, ideal terroir for a low yield in order to produce the most ideal fruit.
The vineyard is composed of 27 acres of Merlot, 22 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and a small parcel of Cabernet Franc. 4 acres of Semillon and 2 acres of Sauvignon Blanc are dedicated to a limited production of white wines.
Chateau Le Bonnat’s grapes benefit from the renowned quality of neighboring Chateau Haut Selve cellars and from the outmost care of its associates for the production of this outstanding “cru”.
The vines are tended to without the use of herbacides, pruned using the double guyot. The estate uses Organic Manure to enrich the soil. Harvest is done respecting strict yield control.
The grapes are macerated for 6-12 hours before cold racking. The sauvignon blanc grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks, while the semillon is fermented in oak barrels. Onlyy the semillon portion is aged in oak barrels for 8 months.