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Château Sansonnet

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2023
95
I like the freshness here, which is exacerbated by its notes of citrus, red fruits, flowers, licorice, smoke, and cocoa. On the palate, the wine is equally complex with its opulent, lush, polished, silky-textures, and crush-rock accents. There is length, and purity here. The change in the in barrel aging program has allowed for more freshness, elegance, and purity to express itself in the wine. The wine blends 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.5% ABV. Harvesting took place September 20 - October 3. Drink from 2028-2045. 94-96 Pts.

I like the freshness here, which is exacerbated by its notes of citrus, red fruits, flowers, licorice, smoke, and cocoa. On the palate, the wine is equally complex with its opulent, lush, polished, silky-textures, and crush-rock accents. There is length, and purity here. The change in the in barrel aging program has allowed for more freshness, elegance, and purity to express itself in the wine. The wine blends 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.5% ABV. Harvesting took place September 20 - October 3. Drink from 2028-2045. 94-96 Pts.

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2022
95
Deep, dark, rich, lush, full-bodied, and intense, this hedonistically-styled wine is packed with layers of black cherries, blackberries, chocolate, spice, vanilla, chocolate, black raspberries and plums. The wine coats your palate with waves of dark, pit fruits, espresso and chocolate from start to finish. Opulent in character, the wine should be a treat to drink with just a bit age and provide hedonistic pleasure for up to 2 decades after that. The wine blends 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2045. 94-96 Pts.

Deep, dark, rich, lush, full-bodied, and intense, this hedonistically-styled wine is packed with layers of black cherries, blackberries, chocolate, spice, vanilla, chocolate, black raspberries and plums. The wine coats your palate with waves of dark, pit fruits, espresso and chocolate from start to finish. Opulent in character, the wine should be a treat to drink with just a bit age and provide hedonistic pleasure for up to 2 decades after that. The wine blends 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2045. 94-96 Pts.

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2021
93
Chocolate-coated cherries, licorice and espresso aromas come to the surface effortlessly. On the palate, the wine is supple. creamy and loaded with ripe, black cherries, black raspberries and chocolate that carries from the mid-palate through to the finish. Drink from 2025-2040.

Chocolate-coated cherries, licorice and espresso aromas come to the surface effortlessly. On the palate, the wine is supple. creamy and loaded with ripe, black cherries, black raspberries and chocolate that carries from the mid-palate through to the finish. Drink from 2025-2040.

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Sweet, round, dark cherries, cocoa, smoke, licorice, espresso and cocoa give the wine a nice sweetness on the nose and a lushness to the medium-bodied palate, which finishes with black cherries and chocolate on the backend. Drink from 2023-2038. 91-93

Sweet, round, dark cherries, cocoa, smoke, licorice, espresso and cocoa give the wine a nice sweetness on the nose and a lushness to the medium-bodied palate, which finishes with black cherries and chocolate on the backend. Drink from 2023-2038. 91-93

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2020
95
Dark in hue, the wine opens with espresso, black cherries, dark chocolate and flowers in the perfume. Full-bodied, creamy, concentrated, silky and fresh, the finish strives to coat your palate with its layers of polished, ripe, black and blue fruit, espresso, licorice chocolate and smoke. Drink from 2024-2050.

Dark in hue, the wine opens with espresso, black cherries, dark chocolate and flowers in the perfume. Full-bodied, creamy, concentrated, silky and fresh, the finish strives to coat your palate with its layers of polished, ripe, black and blue fruit, espresso, licorice chocolate and smoke. Drink from 2024-2050.

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Inky in color, the wine is opaque in your glass. Strong notes of licorice, wet earth, chocolate-covered black raspberries, smoke, espresso and charcoal create the nose. The wine is full-bodied, plush, opulent and sensuous. Even, with all its weight and density, the wine is silky, fresh and vibrant. The voluptuous finish builds and expands with wave after wave of dark, hedonistic fruits. This is a superb wine that should age and develop for at least 2 decades. 95-97 Pts

Inky in color, the wine is opaque in your glass. Strong notes of licorice, wet earth, chocolate-covered black raspberries, smoke, espresso and charcoal create the nose. The wine is full-bodied, plush, opulent and sensuous. Even, with all its weight and density, the wine is silky, fresh and vibrant. The voluptuous finish builds and expands with wave after wave of dark, hedonistic fruits. This is a superb wine that should age and develop for at least 2 decades. 95-97 Pts

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2019
95
Deeply colored, the wine is loaded with an array of black, dark red and blue fruits. Full-bodied, and packed with dark chocolate, toasty oak, opulent, flamboyant-textures that comes in layers, this is going to need a few years in the cellar to soften and fully-integrate. There is a minor touch of heat in the finish, (At 15%) but the wealth of fruit covers most of that up. Drink from 2025-2043.

Deeply colored, the wine is loaded with an array of black, dark red and blue fruits. Full-bodied, and packed with dark chocolate, toasty oak, opulent, flamboyant-textures that comes in layers, this is going to need a few years in the cellar to soften and fully-integrate. There is a minor touch of heat in the finish, (At 15%) but the wealth of fruit covers most of that up. Drink from 2025-2043.

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Almost opaque in color, the perfume here hits it! The strong essence of licorice, vanilla, black plum and even blacker cherry. Full-bodied, voluptuous, lush and sexy with layer after layer of super-ripe, fresh gorgeous fruits, soft, velvet tannins and length that sticks. The wine blends 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc reaching 15% ABV, with no touch of heat. 94-96 Pts

Almost opaque in color, the perfume here hits it! The strong essence of licorice, vanilla, black plum and even blacker cherry. Full-bodied, voluptuous, lush and sexy with layer after layer of super-ripe, fresh gorgeous fruits, soft, velvet tannins and length that sticks. The wine blends 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc reaching 15% ABV, with no touch of heat. 94-96 Pts

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2018
95
The showy nose, with its licorice, smoke, flowers and wild cherries gets your attention. Dark, almost opaque in color, the wine is opulent, lush and velvety. Full-bodied, ripe, rich and with density, length and purity, this is just great. And it is still priced quite fairly too! The wine blends 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

The showy nose, with its licorice, smoke, flowers and wild cherries gets your attention. Dark, almost opaque in color, the wine is opulent, lush and velvety. Full-bodied, ripe, rich and with density, length and purity, this is just great. And it is still priced quite fairly too! The wine blends 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

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What a beauty! The wine is round, fleshy, supple and loaded with licorice, dark red fruits and silky tannins. The finish tastes and feels great with seemingly countless layers of sweet, juicy, black and blue fruits. The wine blends 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. 94-96 Pts

What a beauty! The wine is round, fleshy, supple and loaded with licorice, dark red fruits and silky tannins. The finish tastes and feels great with seemingly countless layers of sweet, juicy, black and blue fruits. The wine blends 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. 94-96 Pts

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2017
93
Produced from a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, this rocks! It is more than the flowers, layers of ripe, lush fruits, black cherries, espresso and licorice. The wine is fleshy, flashy and already delicious. One of the hottest tickets in St. Emilion these days, this is a great style of wine, that still sells for about a song.

Produced from a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, this rocks! It is more than the flowers, layers of ripe, lush fruits, black cherries, espresso and licorice. The wine is fleshy, flashy and already delicious. One of the hottest tickets in St. Emilion these days, this is a great style of wine, that still sells for about a song.

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2016
94
With this much color you know you are in for a mouth filling, rich, opulent wine. There is smoke, licorice, incense, espresso and black cherries. To back all that up, you find soft, silky tannins and a long, rich, concentrated, fruit filled finish.

With this much color you know you are in for a mouth filling, rich, opulent wine. There is smoke, licorice, incense, espresso and black cherries. To back all that up, you find soft, silky tannins and a long, rich, concentrated, fruit filled finish.

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Powerful, mouth filling, rich, opulent and fresh, there is intensity and concentration with flavorful bands of fat juiciness, licorice and black plums so ripe you’ll want to suck on the stone. You're going to like this wine, its masterful essence will linger in your mind for hours. From a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Sansonnet yet. I know I've said it before, but this time I really mean it!

Powerful, mouth filling, rich, opulent and fresh, there is intensity and concentration with flavorful bands of fat juiciness, licorice and black plums so ripe you’ll want to suck on the stone. You're going to like this wine, its masterful essence will linger in your mind for hours. From a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Sansonnet yet. I know I've said it before, but this time I really mean it!

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2015
94
Deeply colored with purple accents, the wine is loaded with ripe, sweet dark red fruits, licorice, wet earth, espresso and cocoa. The wine is luscious, rich and fat. The fruits are perfectly ripe, sweet and fresh with salty tannins, giving the wine that desired sense of minerality.

Deeply colored with purple accents, the wine is loaded with ripe, sweet dark red fruits, licorice, wet earth, espresso and cocoa. The wine is luscious, rich and fat. The fruits are perfectly ripe, sweet and fresh with salty tannins, giving the wine that desired sense of minerality.

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The new owners are on fire here since taking over the estate. This is a beauty that serves up its deep, dark, ripe, black and red fruits, with licorice, earth and truffle. The wine is rich, pure and sensuous.

The new owners are on fire here since taking over the estate. This is a beauty that serves up its deep, dark, ripe, black and red fruits, with licorice, earth and truffle. The wine is rich, pure and sensuous.

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Opulent, fleshy, ripe and sweet, the palate is painted with super sweet, ripe berries, dark chocolate and cherries. From a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Sansonnet yet. I know I've said it before, but this time I really mean it!

Opulent, fleshy, ripe and sweet, the palate is painted with super sweet, ripe berries, dark chocolate and cherries. From a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Sansonnet yet. I know I've said it before, but this time I really mean it!

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2014
92
Ripe, round, forward and on the luscious side, the wine is medium/full-bodied with a licorice, chocolate, plum, espresso and black cherry character that you find on the nose and palate. The finish is a bit short, but this is quite nice and can be enjoyed today for all its sweet, ripe fruits. Drink this now while waiting for the 2015 and 2016 to come around.

Ripe, round, forward and on the luscious side, the wine is medium/full-bodied with a licorice, chocolate, plum, espresso and black cherry character that you find on the nose and palate. The finish is a bit short, but this is quite nice and can be enjoyed today for all its sweet, ripe fruits. Drink this now while waiting for the 2015 and 2016 to come around.

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A rich, dark color with loads of mature, dense, fat, sweet fruit meats and the texture of the rarest silks and velvets, this wine has length and character with a mouth-coating quality that makes you crave more. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Sansonnet yet -- an estate to keep your eye on. 92-94 Pts

A rich, dark color with loads of mature, dense, fat, sweet fruit meats and the texture of the rarest silks and velvets, this wine has length and character with a mouth-coating quality that makes you crave more. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Sansonnet yet -- an estate to keep your eye on. 92-94 Pts

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2013
90
Forward with licorice and black cherry charms, this round, open, plush wine will be fun to drink on release. From a blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% ABV and is aging in 70% new, French oak. 89-91 Pts

Forward with licorice and black cherry charms, this round, open, plush wine will be fun to drink on release. From a blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% ABV and is aging in 70% new, French oak. 89-91 Pts

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2012
92
I am tempted to give this another point. It's just a beauty. Deep in color, lushly textured, with layers of licorice, black and blue fruits, espresso, dark cocoa and earth. It's going to be hard to find a better value in 2012 than this wine.

I am tempted to give this another point. It's just a beauty. Deep in color, lushly textured, with layers of licorice, black and blue fruits, espresso, dark cocoa and earth. It's going to be hard to find a better value in 2012 than this wine.

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Sexy, soft and luscious, with a beautiful purity of fruit and a silky fruit essence, complicated by licorice, fresh, ripe black cherries, oak and cocoa.

Sexy, soft and luscious, with a beautiful purity of fruit and a silky fruit essence, complicated by licorice, fresh, ripe black cherries, oak and cocoa.

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Deep ruby in color with coffee bean and black cherry notes in the nose, this medium-bodied, round, supple wine ends with fresh, spicy black cherries. 89-91 Pts

Deep ruby in color with coffee bean and black cherry notes in the nose, this medium-bodied, round, supple wine ends with fresh, spicy black cherries. 89-91 Pts

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2011
90
Since the new owners took over in 2009, this has been a St. Emilion estate to watch. Blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, there is minerality, floral and raspberry with soft textures, medium body and a sweet cherry-filled finish. 90-91 Pts

Since the new owners took over in 2009, this has been a St. Emilion estate to watch. Blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, there is minerality, floral and raspberry with soft textures, medium body and a sweet cherry-filled finish. 90-91 Pts

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2010
91
Sansonnet - With new owners and a new consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, the estate fashioned an 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc blend from yields of just 19 hectoliters per hectare that's filled with fresh spice, minerals, jammy plums and anise. Plush, and round, this rich wine ends with soft textures and licorice coated, jammy maraschino cherries. 90-92 Pts

Sansonnet - With new owners and a new consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, the estate fashioned an 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc blend from yields of just 19 hectoliters per hectare that's filled with fresh spice, minerals, jammy plums and anise. Plush, and round, this rich wine ends with soft textures and licorice coated, jammy maraschino cherries. 90-92 Pts

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2009
92
If you like young wines for their vibrant, fresh fruits, pop a bottle. The texture is seductive, the fruit is fresh, the nose is primary, offering espresso, licorice, earth, smoke and cherries and the finish is pure lushness. This will definitely get better with age.

If you like young wines for their vibrant, fresh fruits, pop a bottle. The texture is seductive, the fruit is fresh, the nose is primary, offering espresso, licorice, earth, smoke and cherries and the finish is pure lushness. This will definitely get better with age.

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With an inviting nose filled with black licorice, truffle and black cherry, this supple textured St. Emilion ends with round textures and sweet, ripe, spice coated, black raspberries.

With an inviting nose filled with black licorice, truffle and black cherry, this supple textured St. Emilion ends with round textures and sweet, ripe, spice coated, black raspberries.

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2009 Sansonnet is one of the St. Emilion wineries that was hit hard by the ferocious hail storm earlier that year. The effect was to reduce yields at the estate to an all-time low of 9 hectoliters per hectare. Those low yields, along with the advice from Jean-Luc Thunevin produced an outstanding 2009 Bordeaux wine that’s filled with licorice, spicy blackberries, earth and jam aromas. Rich and round, the wine ends with a chocolate, licorice, plum and black cherry filled finish. 91 Pts

2009 Sansonnet is one of the St. Emilion wineries that was hit hard by the ferocious hail storm earlier that year. The effect was to reduce yields at the estate to an all-time low of 9 hectoliters per hectare. Those low yields, along with the advice from Jean-Luc Thunevin produced an outstanding 2009 Bordeaux wine that’s filled with licorice, spicy blackberries, earth and jam aromas. Rich and round, the wine ends with a chocolate, licorice, plum and black cherry filled finish. 91 Pts

2,892 Views   Tasted