Chateau Badette St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Badette Chateau Badette St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Badette St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Badette History, Overview

Chateau Badette might have remained one of the many St. Emilion estates that gain little attention outside the appellation, if it was not for a recent sale, court battle and legal decision. While the estate dates back to at least the late 1800’s, most of the attention is focused on the modern era for the vineyard.

By 1998, Chateau Badette had become the property of the St. Emilion village when the owner, William Arreaud, gifted the chateau and vineyards to the city in exchange for allowing him to live rent free.

The city also agreed to pay for the upkeep and maintain, vineyards and produce the wine. After the death of William Arreaud, the city put the vineyard up for sale in 2008.

It took 4 years until the property sold for close to 5 million Euros to a member of the Janoueix family. The Janoueix family owns numerous vineyards in Bordeaux, many of which are in the Right Bank in Saint Emilion and Pomerol.

However, it took a lengthy court battle for this to take place. Christian Pascaud, the illegitimate son of William Arreaud filed suit claiming the property was his. The French and European court agreed and 2.75 million Euros was awarded to Pascaud.

The sale was allowed to continue and the new, Belgian owner, Marc-Andre Vandenbogaerde set about to renovate the estate, wine making facilities and replant portions of the vineyards. The complete renovations and modernization of Chateau Badette was completed in 2016.

Since 2008, the vineyard has been expanded from 8 hectares to its current 10.5 hectares of vines. Jean-Philippe Forts was brought in as their consultant. Starting with the 2012 vintage, you can see continued, marked improvement in their wines.

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Chateau Badette Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 10.5 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Badette is planted to 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. The terroir is clay, limestone and gravel soils.

The vineyard is divided into 2 terroirs, with 9 hectares in 1 large, block of vines located not too far from Chateau Pavie Macquin or Chateau Troplong Mondot, as you continue heading east from the village of Saint Emilion. There you find more clay and limestone.

The remaining 1.5 hectares of vines situated close to Chateau Figeac has more gravel and small stones in the soil. The vines are old as they are maintained at an average of 30 years of age. Although they have some old vines that are close to an impressive 50 years of age.

To produce the wine of Chateau Badette, the wine is vinified in a combination of wood and traditional cement vats that rage in size from 40 hectoliters up to 70 hectoliters to allow for parcel by parcel vinification. A portion of the harvest is also micro-vinified in 100% new, 500 liter, French oak barrels.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is then aged in a combination of vats and 100% new, French oak barrels for between 12 and 18 months, depending on the vintage. There is a second wine La Fleur de Badette and a 3rd wine, a special cuvee, Chateau Badette cuvee Bellerose. The production is close to 4,000 cases per vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Badette, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Badette is usually better with 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Badette is best enjoyed in the first 5-15 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for up to 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.

Serving Chateau Badette with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Badette is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Badette is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Badette is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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Château Badette Wine Tasting Notes

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2018Château Badette  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

Juicy, ripe, fresh and showing concentration, freshness and character with layers of ripe dark fruits, earth and licorice on the nose and in the long, voluptuous finish. The wine was made from blending 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, reaching 14% alcohol. 93-95 Pts

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2017Château Badette  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Fleshy, ripe, silky, sweet and fresh, the wine has length, polished tannins and freshness with dark chocolate and juicy, ripe plums in the finish. The wine was made from blending 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is becoming a new wine to watch in Saint Emilion!

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2016Château Badette  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93

Inky, dark, juicy, deep, round and lavishly textured, the wine is long, sweet, rich, fleshy and concentrated. With density and flavor and sweetness of fruit, this is a wine to keep your eye on.

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2015Château Badette  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Truffle, cocoa, black cherry and earthy notes create the perfume. Made from 95% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, there is a bit too much oak, which might better integrate as the wine evolves. Still, this wine has fleshy, ripe, character-driven fruit and no sensation of heat, even though the wine reached 15% alcohol. 91-93 Pts

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2014Château Badette  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)87

This medium-bodied wine is rich with red fruit and licorice character and will be best in its youth. 85-87 Pts

1,454 Views   Tasted
2012Château Badette  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Sweet, jammy berries, soft tannins, licorice, chocolate and black cherries are found in the wine. 88-90 Pts

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