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Chateau Sansonnet 2018

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A Classified Red Grand Vin of Saint-Emilion

On the Right Bank of Bordeaux, in the appellation of Saint-Emilion, the vineyards planted on the emblematic clay-limestone plateau are among the most famous of Bordeaux. Chateau Sansonnet is a Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion, one of these properties benefitting from this exceptional terroir, which is composed of a thin layer of clay upon limestone.

Chateau Sansonnet is recognized as a certified High Environmental Value Stage 3 property, committed to safeguarding the wealth of its vineyards, which are planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

The 2018 vintage of this Saint-Emilion property is a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Following a 100% manual harvest and a first sorting in the vineyard, the fruit is sorted again in the vat by densimetry to keep only those which have reached optimal ripeness. After a cold pre-fermentation maceration to extract a wide range of aromas and colors, the wines are fermented in vats drawn regularly. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in new oak barrels. The maturation then takes 12 to 18 months, some batches (about 80%) being vinified in new barrels and others, particularly merlots, in amphibers of 7.5 hectoliters.

The Chateau Sansonnet 2018 is characterized by aromas of ripe black fruits. It is a rich and dense wine that has a beautiful aromatic depth, giving it a notable length marked by spices on the palate.

Parker : 92-94 / 100
J. Suckling : 95-96 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This 35-year-old, 6.96-hectare vineyard is planted to 6,000 vines per hectare on thin clay and limestone soils atop the Saint-Émilion plateau, just across the road from Trottevieille. It comes from the Sansonnet lieu-dit and is blended of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. With 15% alcohol and a deep purple-black color, the 2018 Sansonnet is a little reticent to begin, opening out to notions of stewed plums, warm cassis, blackberry coulis and fruitcake with hints of grilled meats and fried herbs. Big, rich, full and laden with massive black fruit preserves layers, it has a plush texture and spicy finish.
Grape varieties
Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Dessert wine

J. Suckling

Vinous - A. Galloni

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Chateau Sansonnet

Grand cru classe


Contains sulfites