Château Chauvin - Folie de Chauvin 2019
In 2014, Sylvie purchased Château Chauvin along with her children, Julie, Pierre and François. The Château is located in the north-west part of St. Émilion, near the border with Pomerol and neighbors with Châteaux Cheval Blanc, Figeac and La Dominique. The vineyards are in a single block, planted to 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon on sandy-clay soils with an iron-rich subsoil. Prior to Sylvie and her children, the Ondet family owned the property for over 100 years. Upon taking over the property, Sylvie and her team look to continue the work of the Ondet family, while giving the Château the tools to succeed and improve in the vineyards and the cellar.
Château Chauvin's second label, Folie de Chauvin, is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The word Folie has a double meaning: it refers to a country house, but also, folly or the madness of passion. This is the third vintage of Folie de Chauvin, and with the superb quality of the grapes in 2016, Sylvie and her team have crafted a beautiful wine of distinction. In the glass, the wine displays a brilliant mid-purple color with ruby highlights. Energetic aromas of ripe blackberry, strawberry, blueberry and plum waft from the glass with a touch of herbs and spice. The palate is awash with a refreshing acidity and satin tannins that perfectly frame flavors of juicy dark berries and a saline minerality that glide into an invigorating finish. The Folie de Chauvin is lively, friendly and easy-to-drink. This versatile and delicious Saint Émilion will pair wonderfully with anything off the grill: barbecued chicken, dry-rub steak or rosemary pork tenderloin.