CHÂTEAU DES LANDES: “I LIVE THE WINE, IT IS IN MY VEINS”
CHÂTEAU DES LANDES “CUVÉE PRESTIGE” HAS REACHED THE FINAL OF THE 2015 COUPE DES CRUS DE SAINT-EMILION.
Nicolas Lassagne is the winemaker of Château des Landes. The young man of 34 years has seen his “Cuvée Prestige” cross a new stage in the 2015 Coupe des Crus de Saint-Emilion. In 2013, it finished as a semifinalist, and today it is the finalist in the Lussac Saint Emilion appellation. A great reward for Nicolas Lassagne, the perfectionist winemaker.
FROM SEMIFINALIST TO FINALIST OF THE COUPES DES CRUS DE SAINT-EMILION
This is surely due to the careful selection of his plots as Nicolas Lassagne differs from one edition of the Coupe des Crus Saint-Emilion to another. The Cuvée Prestige, presented at the competition, consists of 100% Merlot. The selected grapes grown on 40-50 years old vines, rooted in the white clay and iron oxide soil. This soil allows the development of a quality wine, which consists of “highly concentrated grapes, over ripe and textured”. The 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages are three expressions of this terroir.
Three wines with different styles but which helped Nicolas Lassagne progress. “I regularly question what I do, I still need to know if I have done well. I always look for perfection, to see how to achieve the best quality, from the plots to wine”. Hard work that paid back. In 2015, the “Cuvée Prestige” Château des Landes was a finalist of the Coupe des Crus de Saint Emilion. “It allows us to see that we have progressed, to see that our wines still go up in quality, distinction and notoriety”.
CHÂTEAU DES LANDES, GENEROUS WINES
Third generation to run the family farm, Nicolas Lassagne has been one of those passionate winegrowers since childhood, from the time his father made him ride on the tractor “I saw the wine was in my veins”. When he took over the family business in 2012, Nicolas Lassagne decided to bring “a touch of modernity to the wines. Not only marketing them but also in quality terms. The wines are more elegant and are round on the fruit “. And to get to this level, there is no secret: it is the result of constant work on 24 hectares of vineyards.
“I know very well my land and my chai. I am almost able to blind taste each tank. And by the strength of taste, I get to know which assembly created it”. A detailed knowledge shared with his oenologist: “what we want is to fill up the tanks to the maximum, make the most of our plots”. This is to create wines that are a pleasure to taste: “I like my wines to be generous. Whether on the fruit or beautiful texture, it should remain in the mouth. I love it when my clients feel the generosity through my wines”.