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Château Sansonnet

  • Bordeaux


Château Sansonnet is located to the northeast side of Saint-Emilion at an altitude of 86 metres. At the time, the lawyer Jean Élie Guadet was a member of the Girondins who was opposed to the monarchy in 1793. He cultivated vines near his house on the property. Arrested for his political ideas, Jean Élie was guillotined in 1794 and his wife, Marie Thérèse Dupeyrat then took over. The estate was also owned by Duke Élie de Decazes, prime minister and Louis XVIII’s favourite person in the XIXth century.  From 1999 to 2009, Château Sansonnet belonged to the Aulan family, former owners of the famous Piper-Heidsick champagne. Marie-Bénédicte Lefévère, a Doctor of Pharmacy, then bought the estate. Very active in property investment, the Lefévère family quickly identified the potential of the property. After a constant evolution of the quality of the wines, the Château was included in Saint-Emilion’s Grands Crus classification in 2012.  For over a decade, the vineyard has been the subject of a vast improvement plan: replacement of the vines, increasing the height of the trellis (height and spacing of the poles), the evolution of working methods according to the property’s development… The vat room and cellar were also recently renovated, equipped with stainless steel vats and small wooden vats. The cellar is air-conditioned with strict humidity control.  Château Sansonnet has an intense ruby colour, with aromas of morello cherry and blackcurrant. It is full-bodied on the palate which harmoniously evolves towards fine tannins with a ripe fruit flavour.

Grape varieties

  • Merlot 85%

  • Cabernet Franc 8%

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 7%