Chateau Villemaurine St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Chateau Villemaurine St. Emilion , Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes , wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings , a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews . If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Villemaurine History, Overview

Chateau Villemaurine, located not far from the picturesque, St. Emilion village is one for the history books. At least that’s where Chateau Villemaurine found the inspiration for their name. During the 8th century, an army of invaders took up residency and made an encampment on the land where this this Right Bank property is located today. The camp was called, Ville Maure, which when translated, it means city of the Moors. 

Chateau Villemaurine was purchased in June, 2007 by Justin Onclin. Justin Onclin immediately modernized the Bordeaux wine estate. He added a new vat room with numerous, temperature controlled, smaller vats as well as a new tasting area. The low capacity vats allow for parcels to be vinified one at a time. They made another change at Chateau Villemaurine, they brought in Stephane Derenoncourt to consult. He was replaced in a few years by Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus , which based on the wines being made today, was a very savvy move.

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Chateau Villemaurine Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking

The 7 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Villemaurine rests on top of clay and limestone soils that are planted to 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc . The estate plans to increase the amount of Cabernet Franc planted in their St. Emilion vineyards to as much as 20% over time.

The wine of Chateau Villemaurine is whole berry fermented in new, dual walled, 68 hectoliter, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in 80% new, French oak barrels. Chateau Villemaurine produces on average, close to 1,200 cases of Bordeaux wine per year. Villemaurine also makes a second wine , Les Angelots de Villemaurine.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Villemaurine with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Villemaurine is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Villemaurine is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Villemaurine is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The Onclin family also owns Clos Larcis, which is located not far from Chateau Pavie . They also count another Bordeaux vineyard in their holdings, Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux , located in the Moulis appellation, which is well-placed in the Haut Medoc .

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Château Villemaurine Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Villemaurine St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Ripe, jammy berries, lush, fat, rich, sweet, opulent fruits and a finish that lingers with the essence of pure black fruits and truffle.

      93 points - Tasted
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  2. 2014 Château Villemaurine St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc produced a black raspberry and licorice dominated wine, with freshness, ripe, sweet fruits and lush textures. This should be fun to drink with just a few years of bottle age.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Earthy minerals, flowers, spice and plums create the perfume. On the palate, this wine is glossy and delicate with an elegant, fresh red fruit finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2013 Château Villemaurine St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. With a coffee bean, spicy red berry and stone personality, this wine is light on its feet and will be drinkable on release with its sweet cherry charm. 88-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 2012 Château Villemaurine St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. An attention seeking nose, with licorice, thyme, black cherries, smoke, coffee and plum notes. Soft, polished and expressive, the open style make this a wine that will show well young.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. The debut vintage for consultant Hubert de Bouard, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, round and supple with red cherries, licorice, coffee, spice and freshness. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  5. 2011 Château Villemaurine St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. The licorice, smoke and black raspberry nose is more interesting than the medium bodied, red fruit and espresso bean in the finish. There is a touch of dryness in the end note. This is an interesting wine for fans of consultants. When the wine was vinified, Stephane Derenoncourt was looking over the winemaking. When the wine was aged and finished, Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus took over as consultant.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. The new owners spent a lot of money to upgrade their winemaking, building all new wine cellars and hired Stephane Derenoncourt for advice. Their investment continues to pay off. Smoky red berries, lush silky texture, medium body and minerality are found in this wine. 90-92 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  6. 2010 Château Villemaurine St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Packed with oak, licorice, black raspberry, cocoa and plummy scents, the wine is fleshy, ripe, fresh, concentrated, plummy and easy to drink. Give it a few years and it should be even better.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Villemaurine is located not far from the village of St. Emilion. Jammy berries, licorice, spice, pepper and plum scents pop from the glass. Lush and round, this concentrated, ripe wine is loaded with sweet, jammy black cherries and fennel. This is the finest wine I've ever tasted from this property. With a new owner, new consultant,( Stephane Derenoncourt) and a new label, they are off to a great start. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2009 Château Villemaurine St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. 2009 Villemaurine, its vineyard located not far from the village of St. Emilion, starts with minerals, spicy dark berries, and fennel. With soft textures and a medium body, the wine should offer pleasure early. 87-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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