Sharing the unique terroir of the best Saint-Emilion crus classés, Château Sansonnet is located to the North East of the medieval village, on the highest point of the limestone clay plateau.
The property extends over 7 hectares in a single block of land surrounding the château itself.
In the 18th Century Château Sansonnet was the property of the Duke Decazes, Prime Minister under the reign of Louis XVIII. The historic home, restored, furnished and redecorated now welcomes private and business guests in an elegant, typical Saint-Emilion, setting.
In 2012, Château Sansonnet joined the tight circle of Saint-Emilion's Grans Crus Classés. This distinction was a reward for constant, hard and close work carried out on the vines with a continuous concern for quality.
With her PhD in Pharmacy, Marie-Bénédicte Lefévère, took over the management of the estate in 2009. It was as a child in the cellars of family properties in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, that she was first exposed to the wine culture that was to become her passion.
With high ambitions for her wine production and a love of the estate, Marie-Bénédicte is intent to raise the estate to the top of the appellation.
Château Sansonnet has 7 hectares of vineyards. The 85% majority Merlot is blended with Cabernet Franc, but we have been steadily increasing plantings of the latter.
In our quest for superlative quality, we are working towards a gradual transformation of the vineyard, focusing particularly on complantation work, i.e. planting different grape varieties in a specific soil type, on raising the height of the vine training and on meticulously adapting vineyard work according to the evolution and behavior of the vines.
The vines are given the constant care they require to produce high quality grapes: de-budding, manual leaf striping in two stages, thinning out the vine and yield control. It is therefore only natural that Château Sansonnet's grape harvest is then carried our entirely by hand.
We first sort the grape clusters, we then sort the grape berries according to their sugar density.
Dominique Bordeneuve is a real winemaker who has been working in the vineyards since a young age. He has acquired vast experience in all areas of viticultural work. With more than 20 years experience at Château Sansonnet, the estate can rely on his unique knowledge of its terroir and the make up of its plots.
Along with the other team members, he is closely involved in all endeavors to make Château Sansonnet a fine wine amongst the very finest.
In order to give Château Sansonnet wines a level of quality and refinement worthy of their terroir, all the buildings, including the vat house and the barrel cellars, have recently undergone complete renovation.
The vat house is now fitted out with small tronconic stainless steel vats with thermo-regulated double walls to enable the vinification of grapes from separate parcels. The use of two sorting tables, one of which vibrates, enables the grapes to be meticulously sorted when they come in from harvesting.
Our ageing cellars are air conditioned and their hydrometry is carefully controlled.
Our vinification equipment is entire suitable for the geography of our vineyards. Straight after harvesting, a proportion of the grapes will undergo pre-fermentation cold maceration; these are kept at 5°C for 6 days. During alcohol fermentation, the temperature of the vats is rigorously controlled. A rail-mounted automatic punch-down fermenter optimizes extraction. This is then followed by hot maceration.
Malolactic fermentations take place in casks of French oak in which the wine will then age for 12 to 18 months. This fully custom made vinification is orchestrated by our œnologist, Jean-Philippe Fort, from the Michel Roland Practice!
Jean Trias has been immersed in the world of wine since a young age because his parents, who were in the restaurant business, introduced him to, and taught him to appreciate, top Bordeaux wines. Fascinated by the creation of these delicious nectars, Jean obtained a diploma in viticulture & œnology and went on to hold important positions at a number of wine estates.
He arrived at Château Sansonnet in 2000. He enjoys a challenge and is delighted to take up that of returning the wine of Château Sansonnet to its highest quality.
09 août 2016
Bottled at the end of July, the vintage 2014 have a rest for a few weeks, before being prepared and sent all over the world, from September. Some more of patience is needed for the Sansonnet addicts …
10 juin 2016
Kinette Gautier, Master Sommelier, and the Chef Michel Gautier received their American friend Patricia Ravenscroft accompanied with friends of her, all of them enthusiasts of French cooking and wines. This evening was the opportunity to taste several vintages of Château Sansonnet around a magnificent meal. An unforgettable moment for sure !
27 mai 2016
Two tastings organised in London on June 15th : 1/ from 10 am to 4pm at Landing 42, Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall street : presentation of vintage 2015 "in primeurs" and one available vintage (SANSONNET 2010 & MOULIN DU CADET 2012). 2/ from 6pm to 9pm at 67 Pall Mall, tasting of MOULIN DU CADET 2011 & 2012 for club's members only.
27 mai 2016
Our next professional tasting in Paris willbe on Monday 13th of June 2016 from 2pm to 6pm at the hotel SHANGRI-LA (10 avenue d'Iena), dans le salon Roland Bonaparte. Presentation of vintage 2015 "in primeurs" and one available vintage : Château SANSONNET 2010 and Château MOULIN DU CADET 2012.
13 mai 2016
Here starts a new primeurs campaign... with a WONDERFUL 2015 vintage! If you are a wine professionnal, you can contact us to know the list of our negociant partners.
19 avril 2016
Professional tasting vintage 2015 en primeurs and 2012. Place : Pier A Harbor House 22 Battery Place New-York NY 10004. Hours : 11am-4pm (pros) - 6pm-9pm (consumers-vintage 2012 only)
19 avril 2016
Professional tasting vintage 2015 en primeurs and 2012. Place : Chez Chicago 247 E. Ontario - 2nd floor - Chicago ILLINOIS 60611 Hours : 11am-16pm (pros) - 6pm-9pm (consumers - vintage 2012 only)
08 avril 2016
The results of the wine competition of Lyon have been published yesterday... ENVOL de SANSONNET 2012 won a GOLD medal !!! Consumption here and now ... Enjoy!
07 avril 2016
Score in primeur : Château Sansonnet 2015 93/100 (April 2016)
07 avril 2016
"Packed with a mix of raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit, this has range, while the brambly tannins add freshness and drive. Features pleasant spice notes in the background." James MOLESWORTH
31 mars 2016
Château Harmonie is exclusively sold in Switzerland by Di Lenardo & Co (Augustinergasse 14, 8001 Zürich, www.cultweine.com, Tel. +41 44 291 55 40, Fax +41 44 291 55 54).
29 mars 2016
Extremely polished and sexy with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Big and juicy wine. Yet tight and refined. Exciting. SCORE 95-96/100. James SUCKLING
23 mars 2016
Today, tasting of Château SANSONNET and Château SOUTARD-CADET at the Meridien Picadilly in LONDON. Un event with Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux for professionnals and journalists.
22 mars 2016
FEBRUARY 2016 : "Attractive aromas of tea leaf, blueberry, flower and blackberry. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a pretty freshness of citrus rind and stone. Very well done for the vintage. Drink now or hold". Score 90/100. JAMES SUCKLING
16 novembre 2015
09 novembre 2015
Château Sansonnet 2008 (Français)