2015 Chateau Chauvin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

  • 97 Point Stellar Vintage  ~Vinous Media
  • “The Level of Richness & Fruit Power in This Elegant, Silky St.Emilion Is Impressive.” ~ JS
  • “Rich, Concentrated, and Seamless on the Palate. Terrific Elegance” ~JD
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About the Wine

Located in the scenic countryside, just northwest of Saint-Émilion, you'll find Château Chauvin. This winery isperfectly situated between the famous Cheval Blanc and the Butte de Rol, just a stone's throw from Pomerol. Here, the vineyards thrive in sandy clay soil, and iron-rich subsoil, very similar to that of the famous Pomerol vineyards. These soils, powerful grape varieties and deep respect for the local terroir are what drive the family at Château Chauvin tocraft wines that truly capture the soul of the land.

Château Chauvin's journey is nothing short of captivating. It all began in 1852 when Château Chauvin became separate from the larger Corbin estate, starting its own unique journey.

 By 1891, the estate found itself in the hands ofVictor Ondet, who saw its potential as a serene countryside haven, transforming it into a thriving vineyard. However, it was in May 2014 that a new chapter unfolded for Château Chauvin when Sylvie Cazes and her children—Julie, Pierre, and François Régimbeau—stepped into the picture. They truly appreciated the land legacy for what it was. And so, embarked on an intense restructuring program, breathing new life into the vineyard, refining vineyard practices, and improving winemaking techniques.As the 2014 vintage marked the debut of this new label, it symbolized Château Chauvin's commitment to its cherished land.

Considering the wines are Gran Cru, there are specific rules Château Chauvin has to adhere to, only to ensure the highest quality is upheld. These regulations include limitations on how many bottles they can produce, ensuring grapes reach optimal ripeness before harvest, ensuring a minimum alcohol content, and ensuring extended aging periods before release.The result? Superb wines - including the 2015 Chateau Chauvin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.

The wine is a powerful blend of 80% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon - from 30-year-old vines. For a medium-bodied wine, it packs quite the punch with great intensity, complexity and an abundance of flavors. 

The 2015 vintage in Saint-Emilion is one to stock up on. This year received multiple 95+ scores from major wine critics. Vinous Media awarded this year a 97 score and said,"Bordeaux enjoyed its strongest vintage in a number of years in 2015. The 2015s are spectacularly rich, racy wines loaded with personality. On the Right Bank, the wines are intense and, at times, freakishly concentrated. The best 2015s on the Right Bank are superb."

Aging: 16 months in barrels using 60% new oak.

Tasting notes:80% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.The wine is rich and fruit-forward, yet silky and elegant. Expect notes of Dark plums, roasted coffee and baking spices, along with unique salt and chalky traits.


The level of richness and fruit power captured in this elegant, silky St.-Emilion is impressive.Dark plums, roasted coffee and baking spices are wrapped up in solid, silky tannins. Great depth. Best from 2020. ~ 94 James Suckling

From an estate recently purchased by Sylvie Cazes, who is renovating the estate, the 2015 Château Chauvin checks in as a blend of 80% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, from sandy/clay soils, that was brought up in 60% new barrels. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a pure, elegant bouquet of crème de cassis, damp earth, candle wax, and spring flowers.Rich, concentrated, and seamless on the palate, with terrific elegance, it has ripe, present tannin, good acidity, and is going to age beautifully. Tasted twice. 92 Points. Jeb Dunnuck. 

The 2015 Château Chauvin delivers a pleasingly smooth wine.This wine showcases aromas and flavors of fresh berries and frisky red currants. Enjoy it with grilled lamb chops. ~92 Wine.com

The 2015 Chauvin, which now belongs to Sylvie Cazes and her family, has a focused, precise bouquet, restrained in style but delivering plenty of tensile red berry fruit.The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin on the entry.There is quite a lot of new oak to be absorbed here, although there appears to be adequate fruit underneath and there is a pleasant licorice-tinged finish that bodes well. This will be worth checking out once in bottle. ~ 91 Wine Advocate. 

Fresh, forward, medium-bodied, easy-drinking, red cherry-dominated fruit with earth and thyme accents. ~90 The Wine Cellar Insider.

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