Château Lafargue is a family estate. It is managed by the fourth and fifth generation with Jean-Pierre Leymarie, who was even born on the estate, and his daughter Carole Peyrout who joined him in 2016.
Vegetable farmer when he started out, Jean-Pierre succeeded his father in 1983 and became head of the whole estate that included 2,5 ha of vines. He then focused on viticulture and therefore, he started to buy new parcels, planted new vines and invested gradually in equipment and buildings, thus consistently developing the vineyard.
The estate farms now 17 ha of vines in the Pessac-Léognan appellation.
In June 2015, the property received the “High Environmental Value” certification (HVE), which corresponds to the highest level of a more general scheme of environmental certification for farms.
The property has now 17 hectares : almost 14 in red and about 3 in white. The vines have an average age of 20 to 25 years.
The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for the red wine, Sauvignon and Sauvignon Gris for the white wine.
The harvest of the white grapes is done by hand with successive selection of grapes, having to pass the most rigorous selection tests.
The harvest for the red grapes is done largely mechanical since 1997 (the youngest vineyards are harvested by hand).
They’re harvested at optimal maturity and, again, have to pass the most rigorous selection tests.
As a member of the federation of the same name, he is now an “independent winemaker”, which means:
A winemaker who respects his land, works his vines, harvests its grapes, vinifies and ages its wines, puts its own production in his own cellar, markets its products, always improving with respect for tradition, welcomes his guests, gives advice during tastings and takes pleasure in presenting the fruits of his labor and its culture.