Nicolas Seillan Description
At the heart of Château Lassègue’s storied vineyards, Nicolas Seillan, a seventh-generation vigneron, weaves his deep-rooted passion for winemaking with a visionary approach, marking a new epoch in the estate’s illustrious legacy. With the recent elevation of Château Lassègue to Grand Cru Classé status, Nicolas stands at the forefront, heralding a new chapter in the rich tapestry of this historic estate.
Born into a lineage of esteemed vignerons, Nicolas’s relationship with viticulture and winemaking was nurtured from a tender age. Guided by the wisdom of his father, Pierre Seillan, he learned to treat the land with reverence, understanding that true winemaking extends far beyond the confines of the vineyard. His journey took him from the rolling hills of Bordeaux to the sun-drenched vineyards of California, where he honed his craft through internships, embracing both the tradition of the Old World and the innovation of the New World.
Nicolas’s path was not linear; it was enriched by a foray into the corporate world, where he sharpened his acumen in economics and finance. Yet, the call of the vine was irresistible. Meeting Jess Jackson catalyzed his transition back to the vineyards, a return to his roots, and the commencement of his role in shaping the future of Château Lassègue.
Under the joint stewardship of the Jackson and Seillan families, Château Lassègue flourishes on the Côte de Saint-Émilion, its 36 hectares of vineyards basking in the perfect south by southwest orientation. The estate is renowned for its intricate tapestry of soils, from the limestone plateaus to the silica and gravel at the hill’s base, each contributing to the distinctive terroir-driven profile of Lassègue’s wines. It’s in this diversity that Nicolas, drawing on his family’s micro-cru philosophy, crafts the flagship Lassègue and the refined Les Cadrans de Lassègue, blending the opulence of Merlot with the finesse of Cabernet Franc and the robustness of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Nicolas’s dedication to Château Lassègue extends beyond winemaking. As General Manager and now as the appointed winemaker, his stewardship has ushered in an era of innovation and improvement. Under his watchful eye, the estate has seen the construction of new facilities and the introduction of environmentally conscious practices, earning it the prestigious level 3 High Environmental Value (HVE) certification. This recognition not only underscores Nicolas’s commitment to sustainable viticulture but also aligns with his belief in harmony between the land and the vine.
In every bottle of Lassègue, one can sense Nicolas’s respect for tradition and his zeal for innovation. His approach is a testament to the estate’s ethos – a blend of meticulous care for the vineyards, precision in the cellar, and a deep-seated respect for the environment. Each vintage narrates the story of the land, the people, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.
With Nicolas at the helm, Château Lassègue stands poised on the cusp of a new era. His vision, coupled with the support of his family and the estate’s team, promises to carry the legacy of Château Lassègue into the future, ensuring that each wine is not just a testament to the Grand Cru Classé status but a tribute to the timeless bond between the land and the vigneron. In the world of fine wines, Nicolas Seillan is not just preserving a family legacy; he is sculpting a legacy of his own, one that will resonate for generations to come.