Chateau Senejac Haut Medoc Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Chateau Senejac

Learn everything about Chateau Senejac Haut Medoc with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages and about their winemaking and vineyards. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Senejac History, Overview

Chateau Senejac has a long history in the Medoc. While the property dates back to the 1500s, 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 41-hectare vineyard of Chateau of Senejac is planted to 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is located to the far southern end of the Haut Medoc appellation in the commune of Le Pian Medoc. The Left Bank vineyard is in one large block of vines. The terroir is mostly gravel soils.

To produce the wine of Chateau Senejac, vinification takes place in 17, thermoregulated, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels.

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.

The best vintages of Chateau Senejac are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

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

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2020 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 90

Showing deep color, leather, cedar, tree leaf, spice and red currants pop right off the bat, this wine is medium/full-bodied with sandy, soft tannins and freshness in the finish. This should show well with just a few years of age. 89-91 Pts

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2019 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 91

Flowers, coffee, underbrush and red fruits create the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh, crisp and lively with a crunchy, classic, red berry finish. 90-92 Pts

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2018 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 91

Ripe, dark red fruit, cedar and tobacco leaf with a hint of bitter cocoa and spice are at the core of this wine. On the palate, the wine is round, fruity, soft and juicy with loads of ripe, sweet berries in the finish. This debut vintage for Jean-Michel Laporte at the property has turned out quite well. 91 Points

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The ripe dark fruit found in the 2018 vintage really shines here. The cedar, tobacco and dark berries comes through nicely on the nose and on the medium/full-bodied, round, soft palate. The finish offers upfront, forward and easy to like already. This is the first vintage for Jean-Michel Laporte who consults at the property. The wine was made from 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. 90-92 Pts

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2016 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 91

Showing deep color, this wine is medium/full-bodied with soft tannins, an open personality and fresh, polished, earthy fruits in the finish. 91 Points

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2015 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 90

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

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2014 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 90

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. 90 Points

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2012 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 90

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. 90 Points

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Medium bodied, fresh, bright, black raspberry filled wine that starts out soft, ending with a dusty, tannic finish. 88 Points

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2010 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 89

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. 89 Points

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2009 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 90

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. 90 Points

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2006 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 84

Simple, foursquare, earthy cherries, cigar box and herbal notes with a rustic quality in the finish. Drink up. 84 Points

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2005 Château Sénéjac  (Haut-Médoc) 90

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. 90 Points

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