2005 Benjamin de Sansonnet, St-Emilion

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At K&L we love Sansonnet, as it remains one of the finest value chateaux of Bordeaux, especially in superb vintages like 2005. Located at the east end of St-Emilion, on the highest point of the plateau, Sansonnet is neighbor to a few of the great classified growth Bordeaux properties. The d'Aulan acquired the chateau in 1999, and in renovating it, they have pouring many Euros into the winery and vineyards. The exceptional terroir is composed of an argilo-limestone soil, on a rocky subsoil, ideal for quality merlot and cabernet. Forgotten in the past, Sansonnet now takes its legitimate place among the high-class wines of St-Emilion. This 2005 represents another change to the property. The second wine of Sansonnet, sold as Lasalle in Europe, now goes by Benjamin de Sansonnet in the U.S. It's a departure in name only, as the wine continues to amaze with tremendous concentration and depth, layers of black fruits and rich dark chocolate, plus mouth-filling structure and a fine, long finish - easily 90 points in Clyde's book! Buy enough to stock your cellar over the near term; this wine will keep getting better for five or more years.

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Staff Image By: Patty Torrel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2009 | Send Email
This is by far my favorite Bordeaux in the $20 to $30 price range. “Elegance” was the first word that came to mind when I tasted it. Though I still recommend decanting this wine and letting it open up for a half hour or so, it is still one of the more approachable wines of the ‘05 vintage. Aromas of earth, macerated black cherry, violets, chocolate and cedar box jump from the glass, while on the palate you are treated to a seductive mingling of ripe black fruit, forest floor, roasted herbs followed by a smoky finish. This is a beautiful wine for the price and should drink well for the next 5 years or so.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/4/2009 | Send Email
This is the second wine from Château Sansonnet, but it is absolutely first rate. It is a full-bodied wine that has dark fruit flavors with hints of chocolate and earthiness. Wonderful aromas of dark fruits are evident. The Benjamin is enjoyable now, especially if one lets it air before drinking. I think that it will go great with all sorts of meat and fowl.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2009 | Send Email
I think this might be my favorite Right Bank Bordeaux from the '05 vintage, especially when you take value and quality into consideration. This wine delivers rich layered black fruit and lots of chocolate. The tannins are polished giving the wine a beautiful mouthfeel, ripe and powerful and all for under $30. This a 2005 that you should buy in bulk.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2009 | Send Email
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This is Ch. Sansonnet's second wine (in France, Lasalle). Tremendous concentration and depth with layers of black fruit and rich, dark chocolate plus mouthfilling structure and a fine, long finish. Buy enough to stock your cellar. 92 points from me.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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Saint Emilion