Chateau Chauvin St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Chateau Chauvin 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 Chauvin History, Overview

Chateau Chauvin has a long history in Saint Emilion dating back to the 1500’s. Chauvin started out life as part of the Corbin empire. Jumping forward to the 19th century, for a time, Chauvin was part of a much larger Bordeaux vineyard. That vineyard ended up giving birth to some of the most famous chateaux from the St. Emilion appellation including Chateau Figeac and Chateau Cheval Blanc , which were all part of the same vineyard. At the time, all the wines from that vineyard were sold under the name of Figeac.

The modern era of Chateau Chauvin begins in 1891 when Victor Ondet, the grandfather of the present owner purchased the original 4 hectare Saint Emilion property. Over time, Chateau Chauvin was expanded, most recently in 1998, when the estate purchased an additional 2.5 hectares of St. Emilion vineyard land from the neighboring estate of Vieux Chateau Chauvin. Those additional vines helped Chateau Chauvin grow to its current 15 hectare.

Until recently, Chateau Chauvin was managed by direct descendants of Victor Ondet, Marie-France Ondet and Beatrice Ondet. That all changed in 2014 when Chateau Chauvin was sold by the Ondet family to Sylvie Cazes and her children. Sylvie Cazes bought the estate and plans to manage the property with her children. If the name Sylvie Cazes sounds familiar to you, it should. She is the sister of Jean Michel Cazes and one of the owners of Chateau Lynch Bages in Pauillac .

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Chateau Chauvin Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking

The 15 hectare vineyard of Chateau Chauvin is planted to 75% Merlot , 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon . The terroir is sand, gravel, clay and iron soil. The vineyard is one, large, single parcel located next to the chateau. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare. The Right Bank vineyards of Chateau Chauvin are situated not too far from Pomerol and close to Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau La Dominique .

The wine of Chateau Chauvin is vinified in stainless steel tanks that vary in size from as small as 50 hectoliters up to 70 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in 50% to 70% new, French oak barrels for between 15 and 18 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. On average, close to 4,500 cases of Chateau Chauvin are produced each vintage. There is a second wine , La Borderie de Chauvin.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Chauvin with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Chauvin 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 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Chauvin is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Chauvin is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Chateau Chauvin is a well priced, St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine that has won a lot of wine lovers over, due to its ability to offer good quality wine with style and character, at a fair price.

Château Chauvin Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Chauvin

    1. Medium bodied with a plethora of fresh, ripe berries, earth, flowers and stone, this wine is the best the estate has produced since Sylvie Cazes took over. There is an attractive softness to the elegant finish. The bottles now have a new label, which history buffs may be interested to know is a redesign of their label from the 1920s.

      91 points - Tasted
  2. 2014 Château Chauvin

    1. Sporting a new label, which history buffs may be interested to know is a redesign of their label from the 1920s, the medium-bodied, floral, red berry-dominated wine is on the fresh, smooth, easy drinking side. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  3. 2013 Château Chauvin

    1. Pleasant and easy to drink, this lighter styled wine will offer its cherry and spice profile on release. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château Chauvin

    1. Medium bodied, with a bright red fruit character, the wine shows some sweet and tart cherries in the fresh, finish. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. Earth, spice, licorice and red berries with medium body and a dry finish. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  5. 2011 Château Chauvin

    1. Easy to like and easy to drink, with its open, coffee, cherry, cocoa and earthy personalty. Medium bodied and already open, you can pop a cork on this the day it is released.

      87 points - Tasted
  6. 2010 Château Chauvin

    1. Consistently one of the best value wines from St. Emilion, the 2010 continues that streak with its open, round, soft style, ripe black raspberries, spice and licorice. Drink it now, or give it a few years of age and it should be even better.

      91 points - Tasted
  7. 2009 Château Chauvin

    1. Deep in color, this well priced St. Emilion offers fresh coffee, licorice, chocolate, black cherry jam and earth. Soft, round, open and already fun to taste .

      90 points - Tasted
  8. 2008 Château Chauvin

    1. Licorice, spice and jammy black plums open to a soft, round, easy to like, but simple St. Emilion wine that is already accessible.

      88 points - Tasted
  9. 2005 Château Chauvin

    1. Blackberry, black cherry, tobacco and gravel scents lead to a medium/full bodied wine with a sweet, plum and licorice finish. This is already starting to drink well and should deliver pleasure for at least another decade or longer.

      90 points - Tasted
  10. 2000 Château Chauvin

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied charmer with an earthy, sweet, ripe, cherry, plum and tobacco nose is made even better with its thyme and spicy accents. Soft, round and easy to like, this pop and pour wine is at peak today.

      90 points - Tasted