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WELCOME TO CHÂTEAU DE LISENNES



grilleChâteau de Lisennes is a family owned vineyard that has been developed and managed with passion by 4 generations of the Soubie family.

We produce around 400.000 bottles annually from the following "appellations":

A.O.C. Bordeaux Clairet, A.O.C. Bordeaux Rosé, A.O.C. Bordeaux Rouge and A.O.C. Bordeaux Supérieur.

The word "Lisennes" appears for the very first time in 1758. The name most probably originates from the old French word "Lise", used by the famous French writer Rabelais to describe limestone or clay soils.

The site was home to many different families before Jean-Léon Soubie settled in the village of Tresses in 1938.

The main building is a typical 18th century "Chartreuse" (a stately 'U' shaped building typically built by the Carthusian monks during this period). Just before the French Revolution in 1785, Jean Laporte, a previous owner, added the magnificent wrought iron gate that has been adopted as our emblem and can been found on all our labels.

 

Location

The vineyards extend over 53 hectares of land surrounding the Château de Lisennes, which can be found in the village of Tresses about 12 km east of Bordeaux. The Château is right in the heart of one of the most prestigious fine wine regions in France.

 

Wine making

The wine-making process is managed by Jean-Pierre Soubie, owner and oenologist, helped by his son jean-Luc Soubie and an expert team.

The pre-fermentation stage generally lasts from 24 to 48 hours before bleeding (20%-30%).

The fermentation then takes place in stainless steel vats with strict temperature control. All red wines will undergo a fermentration period of around 2-3 weeks.

The Bordeaux Supérieurs are aged for 12 months in oak barrels before being bottled at the Château. This aging takes place in our wine cellars which can hold up to 400 barrels, and the bottles are then stored in our warehouses at a carefully controlled temperature until they are dispatched.

 

Certifications

In November 2009 Châtreau de Lisennes obtained two environmental certifications; "Agriculture Raisonnée" (Sustainable Agricultre) and "Terra Vitis", in recognition of the fact that we make it a priority to use methods of viticulture that respect the environment: protecting the natural habitat from pollution, ensuring total traceability from the vine to bottle, and using pesticides and treatments on a case-by-case basis only when needed. Strictly following these procedures means that we can have perfect, healthy harvests whilst still respecting the natural environment.

 

Organic Agriculture

Since 2010, two plots have been entirely organic. Covering 7 hectares and planted 100% Merlot, the organic wines we produce from these plots belong to the aptly named "7 Hectares" range. The harvest from these plots  result in two wines; a very fruity rosé with a delicate pale colour and a nice supple red ideal for drinking young.