2005 Benjamin de Sansonnet, St-Emilion SKU #1044312


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Tasting Notes

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.

Staff Reviews

  • Patty Torrel
    By: Patty Torrel
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Steve Greer
    By: Steve Greer
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    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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Customer Reviews

  • By: Gestalted 8/13/2009

    I'm surprised by the rave reviews this wine received. While the nose was pleasant with plum and a touch of oak, the mouth feel was earthy and dry with a sour cherry finish and rough tannins for a right bank St Emilion Bordeaux. I found it absent of depth or complexity. Disappointed.

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