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Château Sansonnet 2013 Saint-Émilion


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Chateau Sansonnet 2013 is a really dark mpurple colour with a nose of ripe black fruits.Due to the extreme low yields in 2013 it has quite a concentrated palate with plenty of ripe fruit flavours and a long, savoury finish.

  • Country: France
  • Region: Bordeaux
  • Subregion: Saint-Émilion
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Variety: Merlot97%, Cabernet Franc 3 %
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • Closure: Natural cork
  • Style: Great value St Emilion
  • Drink With: Lamb or venison

Château Sansonnet is situated on the highest point of the exceptional clay limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion. The vineyard is 7 hectares in size, and is one unique holding adjacent to classified great growth vineyards. The proportions of grape varieties planted are 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

The wine was produced from 12 hl/ha yields, largely because of the vintage. Seventy percent of the harvest made it into the final wine. It shows good structure, an opaque purple color, and a sweet nose of blueberry and black raspberry fruit (a characteristic of this estate), licorice, graphite and spring flowers. It is medium-bodied, has good depth, overall ripeness and should drink nicely for 10-12+ years.

About the grower

Located at the east end of Saint-Émilion, on the highest point of the plateau, Château Sansonnet is neighbour to a number of the great classified growth Bordeaux properties. The Marquis Francois D'Aulan Suarez, former owner of Pieper Heidsieck, acquired the chateau in 1999 and invested a great deal of money into renovating the winery and vineyards. In 2009, the Lefévère family, owners of a construction company and of Chateau Tour-Robert in Pomerol, bought the estate, appointing Marie-Bénédicte Lefévère-Leymarie as its head. In 2012, Château Sansonnet was promoted to the tight circle of Saint-Émilion's Grands Crus Classés. This distinction was just reward for all of the hard work of Marie-Bénédicte and her team.