2014 Sansonnet, St-Emilion

SKU #1313852 94 points Vinous

 One of the real surprises of the vintage, the 2014 Sansonnet has turned out beautifully. Specifically, the firm tannins and notable oakiness have integrated very nicely. A rush of black cherry, plum, chocolate and leather give the wine its bombastic, flamboyant personality. Large and ample to its core, the 2014 is seriously opulent and extracted, and yet all the elements are fused together beautifully. The 2014 will appeal most to readers who enjoy the bolder side of St-Émilion. I tasted the 2014 twice and it was equally impressive on both occasions. Consulting winemaker Jean-Philippe Fort has done a terrific job. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. (AG)  (2/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 A savory and rich red with ripe tannins and sweet fruit. Dark chocolate and walnuts, too. Medium-to full-bodied, extremely long and beautiful. Lovely finish. Needs at least three or four years to soften.  (2/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Sansonnet comes from the namesake lieu-dit less than one kilometer east of Saint-Emilion. It has a ripe, quite powerful bouquet with layers of dark berry, cedar fruit and a touch of apricot. The palate is medium-bodied with fine structure, linear in style with an attractive bitter cherry edge on the graphite-tinged finish. This is very classy, just as it was in barrel and now in bottle. Go seek out this beautifully made St-Emilion. (NM)  (3/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A seriously dark, hefty style, featuring a large core of fig and blackberry paste riveted with ganache and espresso notes. Shows ample cut, with a wave of tobacco leaf coming through, offering a glimpse of purity on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)  (3/2017)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2017 | Send Email
I was expecting a very heavy wine, but what I got was a nice, elegant and balanced St-Emilion. It needs a good decanting for its nice dark cherry fruit, figs and cocoa to come to the forefront. Drink it now or age for at least a good 5 years in the cellars.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2017 | Send Email
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We have carried a few vintages of this property over the years--notably the 2000 and the 2005. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from the limestone plateau of St-Emilion. This wine offers raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with licorice and chalky notes. Very nice wine for the low price.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion