Château Sansonnet is a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé estate lying just one kilometer (0.6 miles) east of Saint-Emilion town on the Saint-Emilion plateau. The estate was first named Grand Cru Classé (as opposed to a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru) in the original 1955 classification of Saint-Emilion.
The estate covers just under seven hectares (17 acres) of vineyard, predominantly planted to Merlot (85 percent) with the remainder roughly divided between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The château sits just over the road from Château Trotte Vielle (immediately to the south) with châteaux La Couspaude to the west, Balestard La Tonnelle to the north and Haut Sarpe to the east.
Located at the very top of the Saint-Emilion’s plateau this small estate has joined the tight circle of Grands Crus Classés in 2012. Their wine are harmonious with ripe fruit flavours and fine tannins.
Intense and complex nose of red and black berry fruits and cedar notes. The palate is silky and round with a good length.
Taste: The nose is elegant, powerful, aromatic and quite intense. It reveals notes of blackberry and small berries associated with slight notes of truffle, red fruits, spices as well as a few slight notes of oak (in the background). The palate is fruity, mineral, well-balanced, relatively fat and offers a beautiful acid frame, a nice structure, suavity as well as a nice silky matter. On the palate this wine expresses notes of blackberry and crushed strawberry associated with fine notes of cassis, a touch of raspberry, a discreet hint of blueberry as well as slight notes of toasted oak, cocoa and discreet hint of spices. Tannins are fine and elegant. Good length and persistence. The finish is suave and gourmande