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Château Sansonnet

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2018 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

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 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2016 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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!

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2015 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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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!

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2014 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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% alcohol and is aging in 70% new, French oak. 89-91 Pts

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2012 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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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

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2011 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2010 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2009 Château Sansonnet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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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

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