The first traces of Villemaurine date back to the Moorish era, when it was named “Ville Maure” (or "Moorish City"). Since 2005, Chateau Villemaurine has belonged to the Onclin family. Led by the passionate and talented Justin Onclin, Chateau Villemaurine produces iconic wines from the appellation, high-quality wines from an extraordinary terroir.
Superbly located in the heart of the village of Saint-Emilion, the Chateau Villemaurine vineyard covers 7 hectares of vines. The vines, aged by 35 years on average, are planted in clay-limestone soils upon the famous limestone subsoil of the appellation.
2020, as promised, was an excellent year for the winegrower. The early bud break was incited by a mild and rainy winter, followed by a wet spring. Vine development was quick, with flowering in June and ripening from early July. The summer heat, combined with lower than average yields, led to rapid ripening as well as a high concentration of berries. Despite the high temperatures, the clay-limestone soils provided sufficient water reserves, thus preserving the acidity of the fruits and giving them a nice freshness. Hot but not scorching, this vintage was marked by a beautiful tasting balance. The harvests, which began a week in advance compared to previous vintages, allowed for the harvest of perfectly healthy berries and which, despite the low yields, were of uniform quality.
The winemaking and aging
Manual harvesting in crates, vibrating double sorting table, manual and mechanical sorting, gravity-fed vatting. Through short macerations as well as precise and perfectly controlled extractions, the musts gain aromatic power and structure very quickly. Post-fermentation maceration so as to shape the body of the wine. Malolactic fermentations carried out in barrels, much like the aging (80% in new barrels, 20% in barrels of one previous wine.)
This deeply coloured Chateau Villemaurine 2020 seduces with its intense, dark fruit aromas, its complexity and its freshness. Silky and balanced, this wine with a silky touch reveals a beautiful roundness and a perfect balance. The distinctive minerality of the limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion gives this 2020 vintage great elegance and a delicious salinity.