Chateau La Commanderie St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Chateau La Commanderie 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. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau La Commanderie History, Overview

Chateau La Commanderie is a semi obscure St. Emilion chateau with a long history dating back all the way to the 13th century. At the time, the vineyards were planted to provide wine for the Commanderie of Knights and Monks of St. John of Jerusalem. Skipping ahead several centuries, Chateau La Commanderie was obtained by the current owners, Thibaut Decoster and Magli Decoster who also own 2 more Saint Emilion estate, Clos de Jacobins, in 2004, when it was purchased by Bernard Decoster from Gerard Frydman. In 2017, the Decoster family added to their holdings in the appellation when they purchased Chateau de Candale.

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Once the purchase of Chateau La Commanderie was finalized, the Decosters conducted a complete renovation of the cellars and wine making facilities. They also changed how the vineyards were being tended. They began an organic, sustainable farming approach. The wine making and vineyard management of Chateau La Commanderie is consulted by Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus.

Chateau La Commanderie Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 6 hectare Right Bank vineyards of Chateau La Commanderie are planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is sand, gravel and iron deposits in their soil. This is typical of that part of the St. Emilion appellation, located just before the village. However, they also have about one third of their vines located close to Chateau Figeac and Chateau La Dominique, that is not far from the border of Pomerol and St. Emilion. There you find more gravelly soils. On average, the vines are 35 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,500 vines per hectare.

To produce the wine of Chateau La Commanderie, vinification takes place in 80 hectoliter, concrete vats. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. On average, the production is 2,500 cases of wine per year. There is a second wine, Les Chemins de la Commanderie.

Serving and Decanting Chateau La Commanderie with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

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

Château La Commanderie Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Deeply colored, medium bodied with an earthy, licorice and black cherry character, the wine is fresh, vibrant and will be ready to drink with just a year or two of age.

      90 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium-bodied, forward, fresh and fruity with sweetness in the attack and soft, refined tannins in the finish.

      89 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. A medium-bodied, soft, black raspberry and herb-filled wine for early drinking. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  4. 2013 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Soft and open in character, the wine is brimming with light red berries, while the finish is all about the bright red fruits and herbs. 85-86 Pts

      86 points - Tasted
  5. 2012 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, with some greeness to the bright, sweet and tart red fruits. This is going to best enjoyed on the young side.

      87 points - Tasted
    2. Chalky, showing a bit too much oak and extraction at this stage, it should improve with age. 84-86 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
  6. 2011 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. With its earth, truffle, smoke and cherry aromatics, this is better on the nose than the palate. Light in style, with soft textures, drink this red berry dominated wine on the yoing side.

      85 points - Tasted
    2. Earth, stone, blackberry and raspberry aromas lead to a medium bodied, bright wine with a red berry dominated personality. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  7. 2010 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Early drinking, medium bodied, soft, wine with a core of black cherries, licorice and oak.

      87 points - Tasted
  8. 2009 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Earth, spice and cherries make up the perfume. Soft tannins and round textures are found in the sweet, black cherry and cocoa finish of this crowd pleasing, style of wine that will show best in its youth. This is showing much better than it did when it was tasted in barrel.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. 2009 La Commanderie, from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, is an easy drinking style of wine that does not demand time before showing its light, red and dark berry charms.

      86 points - Tasted
  9. 2005 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Hints of licorice, blackberry, earth and herbs. Medium bodied, soft, but a little short and tart in the developed finish. Drink this over the next few years.

      88 points - Tasted
  10. 2001 Château La Commanderie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Light in color, fruit and style, the fruit is already beginning to slowly fade. Fresh, bright, red berries, red plums, earth, tobacco and olive notes are driving this medium bodied wine. Drink up, as it is not going to improve from here.

      85 points - Tasted