Château Chauvin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015, Bordeaux, France

Château Chauvin was acquired by Sylvie Cazes in May 2014. This beautiful estate of 15 hectares is located in the north-west part of Saint-Émilion, close to the Pomerol appellation. To be ‘chauvin’ in French means to be proud of your land, to love your land. To the label dating from 1929, a symbol was added to illustrate its values: Cupid, son of Venus, and the god of Love in Roman mythology, proudly displays a banner depicting a lion, the emblem figuring on the coat of arms of Saint-Emilion, his land that he looks over with a watchful eye. As from the 2014 vintage, the label showing Cupid straddling a lion represents the attachment of Château Chauvin to the land of Saint-Emilion. The soil at Chauvin is sandy clay, benefiting from the presence of a pseudogley and an iron-rich sub-soil similar to that found in parts of Pomerol. Thanks to its lower water retention capacity, the soil rapidly succumbs to water shortages, thus allowing the grapes to ripen more quickly. The vineyard is in a single block surrounding the property, thereby facilitating the meticulous vineyard work carried out by the team at the Château. It is mostly planted with Merlot (75%), which expresses itself admirably in this vineyard. The areas showing the most clay are planted with Cabernet Franc (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), varieties that fit in perfectly with this type of soil. 2015 final blend: 80% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 16 months, 60% new oak, 40% barrels of one year.