Since the Perfect Cellar took on representation for Chateau Chantelune exclusively in the U.K., the wines have consistently been up there with our best sellers. Find out more about the wines and the winemaker, Jose Sansfins, in this blog and come back soon to find out what food is a perfect match. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="462"] Chateau Chantelune Vineyard[/caption] Château Chantelune Château Chantelune is located in the Margaux appellation on the Left-Bank of Bordeaux. The soils of Margaux have accumulated over centuries after being washed down from the mountains. This makes the soil very ‘poor’, which actually results in the best wine. The vineyards of Chateau Chantelune border those of the iconic First Growth, Chateau Margaux. The soils are the same and with organic winemaking and exacting attention to detail, Jose produces wine of a similar quality but without the price tag and kudos that First Growth brings. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Jose Sansfins of Chateau Chantelune[/caption] Chateau Chantelune is so called in honour of the previous owner of the property; a woodsman and carpenter who believed the wood was of a better quailty when felled by the light of the full moon. The vineyard that has been developed by Jose Sansfins is small in size allowing him to produce small quantities of exceptional fruit, therefore the best quality wine. The image on the label, of a wolf howling at the moon, is representative of the biodynamic practices that Jose insists on practicing in both the vineyard and the winery. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="155"] Chateau Chantelune 2007[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="155"] Chateau Chantelune 2009[/caption] Château Chantelune 2007 & 2009 The wines of Château Chantelune are made up of 45% Merlot, 30% Petit Verdot, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. This gives a wonderful balance of elegance and power in these hand-crafted artisan wines. The 2009 is an expressive Margaux with excellent ageing potential but is smooth and well defined now. The nose offers warming autumnal aromas of forest fruits along with spice and cedar from the oak barrels in which the wine was matured. The palate and finish are smooth and firmly textured will dark berries, licorice and the richness from that toasty oak. The 2007, slightly older and so has a more developed, mellow character. Aromas of dense berries, cedar and chocolate are backed with a weighty, peppery palate with ripe tannins, heaps of black fruit and truffle. The finish is elegant and savoury with tobacco and a hint of warming spice. It’s still got a couple of years in it but you can enjoy now with hearty red meat dishes. With the success of the 2007 and the 2009 vinatges, we also managed to get hold of a limited parcel of Château Chantelune 2005. If you like your wine with a bit of age to it this Margaux is a fabulous example. The fruit is still ripe with plenty of plums and raspberries but the age of the wine means it has softened. There is the fruit cake-y-ness, characteristic of aged Merlot, and marzipan from the way the oak influenced and mellowed and become almost sweet. An absolute delight to savour with wonderful soft tannins and smooth finish. I’ll be suggesting an ideal dish to go with Château Chantelune 2009 in an upcoming post so make sure you come back soon. All the wines mentioned in this blog are available exclusively at the Perfect Cellar online and in our shop at The Clerkenwell Collection.