42 Chemin de Giron
Moulis-en-Médoc, Aquitaine, France
Lestage Darquier's family property was founded in the 19th century by M. Darquier and his wife, Madame Lestage. Six generations later the estate is much smaller in size due to the heavy tax burden of inheritance, and it is now Francois and Brigitte Bernard who farm their 8ha of vines planted in the district of Grand Poujeaux in Moulis en Medoc.
Introducing Château Lestage-Darquier
A small hill district in Moulis made famous by Chateau Chasse-Spleen, the terroir here is considered to be among the finest in the Medoc, as its fine gravel over Garonne clay offers excellent drainage. Chateau Lestage Darquier makes just one wine and concentrates every effort towards creating a balanced and very elegant cuvee that is classically representative of their small sub-climate and terroir.
Since 2004, the couple has practiced La "Protection Raisonnee du Vignoble" in collaboration with the Chamber of Agriculture of the Gironde. Certified "Terra Vitis", the estate applies sustainable winemaking practices that engage the whole environment, while operating under complete transparency in regards to their growing and winemaking decisions.
Initially founded in 1932 by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Agriculture, in reaction to the 1855 Classification of Crus Classes, the classification Cru Bourgeois underwent a number of transformations until arriving at its current state in 2010. Awarded annually to individual wines, as opposed to the Chateau, the classification is based on an assessment of methodology and on the quality of the end product. Each annual list is published two years after the vintage.