The Aromatic Intensity of a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru with a Smooth Mouthfeel
Joining the prestigious circle of Saint-Emilion Grands Crus Classés in 2012, Chateau Sansonnet is led by the very talented and ambitious Marie-Benedicte Lefevere and is now one of the most prominent properties on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux region.
A restructuring of the vineyard has led to environmentally friendly practices, a pure expression of the exceptional terroir through a micro-plot approach and a renovation of the vat room and cellar. The tailor-made vinifications are carried out under the guidance of famous wine consultant Michel Rolland and Jean-Philippe Fort.
All these efforts and investments have been rewarded with an improvement in the quality of the wines, whose stylistic definition comes through more and more with each new vintage, as confirmed by the 2017.
The privileged position of Chateau Sansonnet, on top of the limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion, has spared the vineyard from the damage caused by the frost of April 2017.
The First Wine of the property, the Chateau Sansonnet 2017 pays tribute to the Saint-Emilion appellation's flagship red grape, Merlot, 85% of which is blended with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.
While this vintage was truly a challenging one, the Chateau Sansonnet 2017 promises to be a successful vintage indeed, offering an expressive aromatic bouquet and a silky smooth texture on the palate, while also maintaining a perfect balance.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The present blend of the 2017 Sansonnet is 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it offers up notions of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and black raspberries with wafts of pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and lavender. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of grippy tannins and just enough freshness, it has just enough vibrant fruit to flesh out the structure and good length.