Based in Anglade in the Cote de Blaye, Chateau Le Queyroux dates back to 1895, when the forefathers of owner Dominique Leandre-Chevalier were already winemakers, as well as carters and nursery gardeners.
Léandre-Chevalier, means “L’homme-Cheval” – the Man-Horse. Dominique began in 1985, working on 12 hectares of vines, but with significant mechanization. Not content with this way of working, and after careful consideration Dominique decided to keep just 1 hectare of land and to work it using traditional methods, drawing on the experience he had gained from his father and grandparents.
Now 25 years on, rarely do you taste wines with such astonishing character, concentration, depth, and aging potential that it makes you rethink what can be achieved in a particular growing area. Such a revelation is rare and exciting. The wines from Chateau Le Queyroux – made by such a passionate, driven, and innovative talent and who works his tiny estate (three hectares) himself, along with his horse – are such wines. Anyone with an interest in the great wines of Bordeaux needs to try these.
Here are some of what makes Leandre Chevalier’s wines so special:
- He produces 3 wines, each with a unique character.
- A tiny (by Bordeaux standards) 3 hectare estate on the right bank of the Gironde river divided into 7 parcels.
- The estate is located at the same latitude as Pauillac and is directly across the river from Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
- The parcels are superb well-drained, gravelly hilltop sites with sub-soil consisting of clay and limestone.
- The artisan vigneron shuns typical modern growing practices, working the vineyard by hand and horse rather than by chemicals and tractors.
- Vines are planted at astonishingly high densities. Many parcels are at 11,000 vines per hectare, and an experimental area is at 33,000 vines per hectare. Vine density over about 5,000 plants per hectare is considered high.
- The high densities cause the vines to work harder and produce naturally lower yields per vine. This means the wines have more depth, concentration, and complexity.
- This Chateau creates wines with considerable structure, but with finely honed, elegant tannins that allow relatively early drinking, but with excellent longer term aging potential (especially “Le Joyau” and “100%”, both of which are aged in new French oak).
- Exceptional work in the vineyard and the cellar means these can be bottled with no fining, filtering, or clarification so that none of the deep and complex flavor is stripped away.
- Asked how such massive, ageworthy wines can be so graceful and beautiful, he replied that his wife is from Burgundy and demands finesse and elegance.
Le Joyau 1er Cotes de Blaye
100% Petite Verdot