It was in 2014 that Sylvie Cazes and her children acquired Chateau Chauvin. Continuing the work carried out by the Ondet family, the Cazes family put all their energy and viticultural experience into this Saint-Emilion Classified Great Growth. Since the 2014 vintage, the wines of Chateau Chavin have been graced with a new label, inspired by the one first published in 1929, the design of which charmed Sylvie Cazes. Cupid, the god of love, is thus pictured, along with the iconic lion of Saint-Emilion. This label pays homage to the symbolism of Chateau Chauvin, meaning "to be in love with one's land".
The Chateau Chauvin vineyard is located to the north-west of the town of Saint-Emilion. The property enjoys an exceptional location between Chateau Cheval Blanc and the Butte de Roi. The vineyard covers an area of 15 hectares of vines aged 30 years on average, planted in sandy clay soils with a significant proportion of iron ore on clay subsoils. The Chateau Chauvin vineyard has earned the HVE level 3 certification (High Environmental Value).
The 2020 vintage was a very big year at Chateau Chauvin. Winter was mild and rainy, leading to very even vine budding at the start of spring. Flowering was also early, taking place under excellent conditions. Warm and sunny weather continued into July. Thanks to the immense temperature variations, tannins were accumulated and the aromas showed a beautiful concentration. Thanks to the rainy spells and cool nights in September, the grapes reached a perfect state of ripeness.
Winemaking and aging
After manual harvests in small-capacity, slatted crates, during which the best berries are selected, the grapes are again sorted by expert hands at the cellar. First, the berries macerate in the cold for 2 to 5 days at a temperature of 8 degrees. Subsequently, fermentation takes place, first of all in thermoregulated, stainless steel vats, then in barrels. Vatting takes place for between 20 to 30 days, with gentle and slow extraction. Finally, the wine ages in 60% new French oak barrels for 15 to 18 months.
The 2020 Chateau Chauvin reveals, with much finesse, the radiance of Merlot paired with Cabernets, which seduce with impressive complexity and elegance. This cuvee truly bears the mark of freshness and density of the greatest vintages.