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Chateau Senejac History, Overview
Chateau Senejac has a long history in the Medoc. While the property dates back to the 1500’s, vines were not planted for a few hundred years until some point in the 18th century. The estate remained in the hands of the same family for close to two centuries.
The de Guigne family owned the property from 1860 until 1999, when they sold Chateau Senejac to Lorraine Cordier, the owner of Chateau Talbot in St. Julien and her husband Thierry Rustmann. Lorraine Cordier passed away in 2011. Today, Chateau Senejac is managed by the sister of Lorraine Cordier, Nancy Bignon Cordier.
It’s interesting to note that for much of its life, Chateau Senejac was known for producing white Bordeaux wine. That is no longer the case today as the property is planted exclusively for the production of red Bordeaux wine.
After the Cordier family took over the estate, they produced high end wine that made its debut in 1999, Chateau Senejac Karolus. Chateau Senejac Karolus was made from a small, 3 hectare parcel of the estate’s oldest vines and was aged in a larger percentage of new, French oak barrels. Chateau Senejac Karolus is no longer being made. 2004 was the last vintage of Chateau Senejac produced.
Chateau Senejac Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 39 hectare vineyard of Chateau of Senejac is planted to 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Located to the far southern end of the Haut Medoc appellation in the in the Le Pian Medoc commune. The Left Bank vineyard is in one large block.
The terroir is mostly gravel soils. Alfred Tesseron of Chateau Pontet Canet in Pauillac, brings his expertise and the identical technical team that produces Pontet Canet to manage the vineyards and the winemaking for Chateau Senejac. As you might assume, Chateau Senejac is biodynamically farmed in the same manner as Chateau Pontet Canet.
To produce the wine of Chateau Senejac, vinification takes place in 17, thermo regulated, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Chateau Senjac is then aged in 33% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 to 15 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage.
There is a second wine, Artigues de Senejac. On average, the production of Chateau Senejac is close to 16,000 cases of wine per year.
When to Drink Chateau Senejac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Senejac needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 to hours allowing the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Senejac is usually better with at least 4-8 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Senejac offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Senejac with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Senejac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Senejac is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Senejac is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Sénéjac Wine Tasting Notes
8 Vintages 40,332 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Château Sénéjac (Haut-Médoc)|
Showing deep color, this wine is medium/full-bodied with soft tannins, an open personality and fresh, polished, earthy fruits in the finish.
7,940 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Sénéjac (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium/full bodied, with good color and an earthy, tobacco, thyme and dark red berry character, finishing with fresh, black raspberries and spice in the endnote. 89 - 91 Pts
5,276 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
|2014||Château Sénéjac (Haut-Médoc)|
A solid value wine with a future. The medium bodied, fresh, ripe, crisp, dark red fruits, soft tannins, and fruit filled, earth laden finish hits the spot.
2,799 Views Tasted Apr 1, 2017
|2012||Château Sénéjac (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium/full bodied, with good color and an earthy, tobacco, thyme and dark red berry character, finishing with fresh, crisp black raspberries and spice in the endnotes.
3,027 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Medium bodied, fresh, bright, black raspberry filled wine that starts out soft, ending with a dusty, tannic finish.
2,507 Views Tasted May 7, 2015
|2010||Château Sénéjac (Haut-Médoc)|
Medoum/full bodied, with a fresh, crisp character to the cassis and blackberry notes, there is an earthy, tobacco and espresso accent in the fresh, dark, red berry finish.
6,195 Views Tasted May 7, 2015
|2009||Château Sénéjac (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium bodied, soft tannins, forward with an open, black cherry, cassis, licorice and earthy, espresso bean character, this is already fun to drink with a little bit of air. Bringing in the team of Alfred Tesseron has really upped the game for Senejac.
4,933 Views Tasted Jan 27, 2015
|2006||Château Sénéjac (Haut-Médoc)|
Simple, foursquare, earthy cherries, cigar box and herbal notes with a rustic quality in the finish. Drink up.
4,006 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2016
|2005||Château Sénéjac (Haut-Médoc)|
Fully mature, value priced charmer with loads of tobacco, wet earth, cedar wood, plums and blackberry. Good concentration, a little rusticity in the tannins, but plenty of fruit and character in the finish. No need for further aging. If I had any, I'd drink the remaining bottles over the next 5 - 7 years or so. The bottle was popped and poured.
3,649 Views Tasted Nov 7, 2016