2014 Chateau Sansonnet Saint Emilion
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $34.94 (reg. $39.94)
Here's a tiny Saint Emilion Grand Cru nestled among some major players that's been impressing all the right people based on wine quality, yet its prices are modest, to say the least. Per Robert Parker, the property “is emerging as a potential star of the appellation”, and here’s your chance to see why: we’ve got a parcel of the 94-point 2014 Sansonnet, "one of the real surprises of the vintage", that will be sure to please that palate (and wallet!) of Bordeaux fans.
The Sansonnet vineyard is located at the very heart of the Saint Emilion appellation, lying barely a kilometer east of the town itself. Here on the sloped côte, it counts some heavyweight neighbors like Pavie Macquin and Troplong Mondot, both of whom are Premier Grand Cru Classé. Sansonnet itself is ranked as a Grand Cru Classé, though it would surprise few were it to be promoted when the classification is revised in 2022.
It’s not hard to see why. The property came into new ownership in 2009 and has been, per Parker, “on an incredible qualitative roll” ever since. External help has been sought from some of the biggest names on the right bank, including Jean-Luc Thunevin, Stephane Derenoncourt and Jean-Philippe Fort. Combine that savoir-faire with a top terroir and transformative new ownership, and clearly, Sansonnet’s is a success story in the making.
Per Antonio Galloni, the 2014 Sansonnet "has turned out beautifully” while Neal Martin calls it “very classy...go seek out this beautifully made Saint Emilion."
The qualitative turnaround at Sansonnet is building momentum, and with each successive vintage people are catching on. Parker warns that “consumers need to take notice before the prices match the level of quality." If you’re not already up on this property, seize this opportunity while you can. Cheers!