- SILVER (2013) International Wine Challenge 2016
About Château Sergant
The Milhade family history began four generations ago with Damase Milhade, and the creation in 1938 of a wine merchant business in Galgon on the right bank of Bordeaux. Throughout the years, the family wine merchant business expanded with the acquisition of various Bordeaux wine estates such as Château Lyonnat in 1961, now run by Damase’s grandson Gérard Milhade.
Château Lyonnat covers 52 hectares in the community of Lussac; it is one of the oldest estates in the Lussac Saint-Émilion. As long ago as 1615 the estate had more than 180 hectares of vineyards, which explains the huge size of the current cellars and outbuildings. At that point it belonged to a Bishop of l'Abbaye Cistercenne de Faise: it seems much of the wine produced was for consumption in the Vatican City.
The different parcels extend along the limestone-clay slopes, benefiting from an ideal south-east exposure. About 85% of the vines planted are Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon, 11%, and Cabernet Franc making up the balance. The vinification at Château Lyonnat is done in temperature-controlled cement tanks with cold pre-fermentation maceration, short and regular ‘pumping-over’, and ageing in oak barrels.
In order to take the selection and sorting of the grapes to an even higher level, in 2005 they invested in a Mistral, a revolutionary multi-tiered sorting machine with blowers, now used at numerous Grand Cru Classé estates in Bordeaux.