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In 1990, Chateau La Bienfaisance was purchased by its still current owners, which consists of a partnership between the Duval-Fleury and Corneau families. Chateau La Bienfaisance is located in the Fombrauge sector of the Saint Emilion appellation, which is just due east of the St. Emilion village.
Chateau La Bienfaisance Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 10.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Bienfaisance is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is typical of the St. Emilion appellation with its clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare. Replanting of the vineyard are taking place at higher levels of vineyard density than before. On average, the vines are close to 30 years of age.
To produce the wine of Chateau La Bienfaisance, the grapes are fermented in temperature controlled, oak tanks with a 28-day maceration. Micro-oxygenation is practiced twice, during fermentation and in the aging process. Up to 30% of the production experiences malolactic fermentation in barrel. The remainder takes place in vat. The wine is aged on its post-malo lees for the first six months with lees stirring taking place in 30% new, French oak barrels for an average of 15 months.
Chateau La Bienfaisance also produces a special cuvee called Sanctus. Sanctus is made from a Merlot dominated blend. The Right Bank fruit for Sanctus comes from a specific 3 hectare parcel in their vineyard. The vines are planted in a terroir of clay and limestone mixed with iron deposits in the soil. The vines for this cuvee are on average 40 years of age.
Slightly more than 2,000 cases of wine are produced at this St. Emilion estate each year. There is a second wine, Peymouton. The property brought in the team of Stephane Derenoncourt as their consultants.
When to Drink Chateau La Bienfaisance, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Bienfaisance needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or more. 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 Bienfaisance is usually better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau La Bienfaisance offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 5-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau La Bienfaisance with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Bienfaisance is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau La Bienfaisance 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 Bienfaisance is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Both wines, Sanctus and Chateau La Bienfaisance have been improving in quality since the 2005 vintage. Currently, Chateau La Bienfaisance is spending the money and making all the right choices needed to produce the best Bordeaux wines possible at their estate.
Château la Bienfaisance Wine Tasting Notes
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|2016||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Stony, mineral-driven fruits, salty, earthy tannins, there is richness and depth here, but this is not for early drinking -- the wine will need time to develop.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 934 Views
|2015||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers and black raspberries, this wine is medium bodied with a sweet, red berry, softly-textured finish.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 979 Views
|2014||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With flowers and black raspberries on the nose, this wine is smooth, elegant and easy to drink due to its fresh cherry-filled character. 88-89 Pts
Apr 27, 2015points - Tasted 1331 Views
|2012||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Sanctus reached one of the higher degrees of ripeness in the vintage at 14.37% alcohol. Blending the 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine has silky tannins, sweet, dark red berries and a soft, cherry-filled finish. 90-92 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 2173 Views
|2012||Château la Bienfaisance (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc produced a wine with coffee bean, fennel and black plums. Soft, forward and round, the wine ends with sweet cherries and strawberry. 89-91 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 2269 Views
|2011||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc was aged in 90% new oak to produce plush, round textures with licorice, chocolate and minerality, ending with a bitter chocolate-covered, plum-filled finish. 91-93 Pts
Apr 24, 2012points - Tasted 2323 Views
|2010||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
2010 Sanctus de La Bienfaisance opens with stone, spice, licorice, espresso and ripe berries. Soft textured, with minerality and opulent textures, this fleshy and fresh wine will be aged in 90% new oak. 91-93 Pts
Apr 22, 2011points - Tasted 4691 Views
|2009||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Sanctus de la Bienfaisance Produced from 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc from a small parcel located in the St. Emilion vineyards of La Bienfaisance, the wine is packed with black licorice, jammy berries, crushed stone, spice and sweet juicy plums. With character and complexity, this 14.8% alcohol wine does not show any sensation of heat in the long, mineral driven, licorice and dark berry filled finish.
Jul 16, 2011points - Tasted 4208 Views
|2009||Château la Bienfaisance (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Smoke, earth, gravel, jammy berries and anise, soft textures, medium bodied and produced in an early drinking style.
Jul 18, 2011points - Tasted 2540 Views
|2008||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
08 Château Sanctus, from clay and limestone soils, achieved good ripeness in this vintage. Blue and black fruits and coffee, along with earthy notes, make up the bouquet, while the palate offers a rich finish. A solid wine for the money. 88-90 Pts
Jul 1, 2009points - Tasted 3633 Views
|2005||Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, chocolate covered plums, black cherry and espresso scents lead to a rich, round, full bodied St. Emilion. This opulent, showy. Bordeaux wine is just starting to drink well. A few more years will add additional complexity to the chocolate covered, black and blue fruit filled finish.
Aug 1, 2011points - Tasted 3972 Views