The wines of St. Emilion are primarily blends of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, they tend to reflect the character of the soil in which they are grown, and generally project elegance rather than tannic force. Despite the influence of consultants such as Michel Rolland, based in nearby Pomerol, the best wines from this region are beautifully understated. Pierre Seillan and his wife, Monique, had been making wine for three decades. While still in France they formed a friendship with Jess Jackson and his wife, Barbara Banke, who asked Pierre to create the acclaimed wines of Verité in Sonoma. The two couples discovered that they had a goal in common: to locate a St. Emilion estate capable of producing complex wines that reflected the region’s terroir. They eventually found Chateau Lassègue, which had all the necessary components—old vines, low yields, and 60 acres of vineyards located on nearly one dozen different soil types. After purchasing the estate, the different vineyard plots led them to create two separate labels, Lassègue and Chateau Vignot.
Lassègue is the essence of opulent ripe and very rich Cabernet Franc with a dense Merlot character plus a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine expresses a delicacy, elegance and a high complexity. With a voluptuous, layered and complex structure, this wine is already showing an accomplished character, which reflects the limestone and clay of the hillsides.