2016 Chateau Badette St-Emilion Grand Cru

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About the Wine

“It has always been classed at the top of the second growths of Saint-Emilion. Exceptionally well maintained, it produces an average of 50 tonneaux of a delicate, soft, perfumed wine, perfectly preserved” wrote Edouard Féret of Badette in 1898. Certainly, much wine has flowed through the Chateau since then, but with the command of the new owner, the comments made in the 19th century perfectly apply to the wine of today!

“Badette is surrounded by classified growths on all sides. I want the wine to express the terroir. With power, but also with elegance, finesse." -Marc-Andre Vandenbogaerde

The Estates vineyards are located next to Chateau Figeac and Troplong Mondot.The Chateau is under the guidance of the Belgian-born Marc-Andre Vandenbogaerde who aims to restore this Chateau to its former glory. Armed with an uncapped budget, the new regime has completely renovated the vineyards and Chateau. Marc-Andre has made it his mission to vault Chateau Badette back amongst the classified growths.  

“Start from zero and build, that’s what I like. If I wasn’t a wine lover, I would never have got into all that. Start with nothing and end up doing the best possible, that is my objective.” -Marc-Andre Vandenbogaerde

Tasting Notes: Château Badette has a black and brilliant color, floral on the nose, flesh, fruit, and lots of clarity, an appreciable length, and a soft finish. 


A straight-up thrill ride of a Saint-Emilion, the 2016 Château Badette comes from a complex mix of clay and sandstone soils and checks in as a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot that was raised in 85% new French oak. A big blast of crème de cassis, crushed flowers, white truffle, and spice flows to a powerful, full-bodied Saint-Emilion that has beautiful ripeness and depth as well as balance. It has the purity and texture to shine today, yet I suspect it will have two decades of life. Bravo! ~95 Jeb Dunnuck

This offers succulent and ripe dark plum and berry aromas with a wealth of assertive tannins that deliver in quite classic style. Good and powerful, assertive finish here. A blend of 85 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc, and five percent Petit Verdot. ~93 James Suckling

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