Château Chantelune Margaux 2014
Château Chantelune Margaux 2014
Wine Press Ratings
93 Points - International Wine Report (2014)
Château Chantelune is a small production Margaux made by José Sanfins, who may be best known for his role at Château Cantenac Brown. This is sourced from a small parcel of 40 year-old-vines within a 7-acre vineyard, which is situated on the highest point in Margaux. The 2014 is a remarkable showing, which delivers lovely aromas of blackberries and currants, which are woven together with spices, cherry pipe tobacco and minerals all taking shape beautifully in the glass. On the palate this is richly textured and opulent with a gorgeous mouthfeel. It shows impressive balance and finesse as it heads into the lavish finish. Although still quite youthful, this already displays many appealing characteristics with wonderful complexities, and I expect it to continue to evolve gracefully over the course of next decade. (Best 2017-2026)
91 Points - Decanter (2018)
"Home estate of José Sanfins, the director of Cantenac Brown. This has an attractive gourmet character with grilled caramel and smoke notes alongside floral, damson and redcurrant notes. Strong coffee and mint leaf on the finish. Attractive overall."
91 Points - Decanter (2016)
"Owned by José Sanfins, director of Cantenac Brown, who also owns Haut Médoc property Château du Moulin. Chantelune is a tiny estate, but quality is high. Extremely silky with some lovely caramel and coffee bean notes alongside damson fruit. Here the flavours go all the way through the mid-palate, really making you smile, intense but not overpowering."
94 Points - International Wine Report (2015)
"The 2015 Château Chantelune is a total beauty in this wonderful vintage. Margaux may have been the sweet spot in all of Bordeaux in 2015, and the combination of the ideal conditions and incredibly talented winemaker José Sanfins make this wine simply sensational. The wine is sourced from a parcel of 40 year-old-vines within a 7-acre vineyard, which is situated on the highest point in Margaux. It begins with gorgeous aromas of blackberries and ripe currants along with graphite, spring florals and spices all taking shape. Medium to full-bodied, with wonderful concentration and depth, yet lovely elegance. It remains beautifully textured and polished with a gorgeous mouthfeel through the opulent finish."
About the Producer
This unique chateau and parcel of vines have all of the qualities necessary to produce fine wines. The deep gravel soils and heavy clay subsoils are capable of producing good drainage in a wet vintage and holding in moisture during a heatwave. Chantelune is quite simply a wine that represents all that is wonderful about the Margaux appellation. Everything from its miniscule size which allows every vine to be tended to and given the attention it deserves to the plantation of the best vines for the soil types means that maturity and quality of the fruit are top of the property’s concerns. Chateau Chantelune is therefore a wine which is full bodied and round on the palate but that offers also the tender side of the appellation. The rounded tannins add a sexy backbone that leaves a wonderfully warm pleasing feeling on the palate that persists until you can’t help yourself but to go back for more. The elegant Merlot gives the wine balance and perfectly complements the Cabernet.
Jose Sanfins is a world renowned wine maker who is enormously talented and profoundly kind. He has recently finished the renovation work on the winery which makes Chateau Chantelune perfectly reflect his character : efficient, attentive and welcoming! Mr Sanfins produces Chateau Chantelune in every spare minute he has. He also has a day job which he does not want to link to his own property as he firmly believes that the “confidentiality” and quality of his product will speak for themselves. Lets just say he knows a little bit about what it is to make some of the finest wine in Bordeaux without saying that this is what he does during the day or in his leisure time.
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