Chateau Le Chatelet St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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

Chateau Le Chatelet History, Overview

The obscure, 3.3 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Le Chatelet is a classified St. Emilion Grand Cru estate. The vineyard has been owned by the Becot family since 1942, when Pierre Becot purchased the chateau from the Quantin family.

Chateau Le Chatelet is owned by the Berjal family, who are related to the Becot family. The estate is currently managed by Alain and Julien Berjal.

The property is located close to the the top of the Saint Emilion plateau, and not to far from Chateau Canon, Chateau Clos Fourtet and Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. The Berjal family also own the value priced, Chateau la Tour de Segur, which is located in the commune of Lussac St. Emilion.

Chateau Le Chatelet has experienced its share of ups and downs in the Saint Emilion classifications. The estate was included in the first classification, demoted and promoted again. Visitors to Le Chatelet should ask to see the underground limestone caves.

Chateau Le Chatelet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The tiny, 3.3 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Le Chatelet is planted to 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has a terroir that consists of limestone, clay, gravel and sandy soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare.

To produce the wine of Le Chatelet, vinification takes place in temperature controlled, cement lined, vats. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 12 and 22 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. On average, 1,000 cases are produced of Chateau Le Chatelet each year.

When to Drink Chateau Le Chatelet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Le Chatelet needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Le Chatelet is usually better with at least 1-3 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Le Chatelet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-8 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Le Chatelet, with Wine and Food Pairings

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

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

Interestingly, Philippe Melka, a well-known winemaker and consultant in the Napa Valley, in California makes a wine from a portion of the Chateau Le Chatelet harvest as well.

Château Le Chatelet Wine Tasting Notes

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2019Château Le Chatelet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)87

Medium-bodied, round, forward, soft and fruity wine that will provide ample pleasure on release and over the next decade. 86-88 Pts

1,158 Views   Tasted
2017Château Le Chatelet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)84

A fruity, forward, early drinking, medium-bodied wine with a strong leafy olive component that rides along with the bright red fruits.

1,357 Views   Tasted
2016Château Le Chatelet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

Medium-bodied, forward, and all its red fruits, with their olive and herb accents. You can drink this on the young side.

1,104 Views   Tasted

This is a forward, simple, correct, early drinking wine, medium bodied without faults but lacking complexity.

1,603 Views   Tasted 87
2015Château Le Chatelet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)86

Medium-bodied, light in color and fruit, the wine is forward and focuses on its range of soft, red berry fruits. Drink this on the young side.

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Medium-bodied, forward and showing much more ripeness and fruit than usual with its licorice and black cherry personality.

1,946 Views   Tasted 87
2013Château Le Chatelet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)83

Light in color with a light, bright—almost transparent—level of red fruit. 82-84 Pts

1,600 Views   Tasted
2012Château Le Chatelet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)86

Medium bodied, fresh, lighter style of Right Bank wine with a forward, cherry and coffee bean center and a ready to drink personality.

1,700 Views   Tasted