2016 Sansonnet

Sansonnet

92Average Score
Red
2022-2045
6x75cl
-
4 Immediate | 0 Marketplace
£192.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
92
Drinking window
2022-2045
Critic Notes

Dense and velvety-textured red with extremely attractive blackberry and stone character. Mineral and floral. This shows less extraction than in the past and delivers. Mar 2017, www.jamessuckling.com

Score: 94-95/100James Suckling

The 2016 Sansonnet is a flat-out stunner. Vivid, rich and beautifully delineated from the very first taste, the 2016 manages to remain translucent and light on its feet despite its considerable richness. Graphite, lavender, plum, violet and sweet spices give the wine its captivating, exotic bouquet. Sansonnet has long been produced in a heavily extracted style. The 2016 is the first vintage made with gentle extractions, which allows the fruit and aromatics to come through with striking purity. This wine is dazzling - it's as simple as that. Jean-Philippe Fort is the consultant. Tasted two times. Apr 2017, www.vinous.com

Score: 93-96/100Antonio Galloni

Powerful, mouth filling, rich, opulent and fresh, there is intensity and concentration with flavorful bands of fat juiciness, licorice and black plums so ripe you’ll want to suck on the stone. You’re going to like this wine. Its masterful essence will linger in your mind for hours. From a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this is the best vintage of Sansonnet yet. I know I’ve said it before, but this time I really mean it! Apr 2017, www.thewinecellarinsider.com

Score: 93-95/100Jeff Leve

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Sansonnet (composed of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a little youthfully mute, revealing suggestions of crushed black plums, baked cherries and blackberries with nuances of fallen leaves, black olives, lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is charged with energy, giving mouth-coating red and black fruits with a firm, grainy frame, finishing long and lively. Nov 2018, www.robertparker.com

Score: 94-/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown

On the gutsier side, with dark plum and currant fruit as well as a mouthfilling brambly note, but it’s all integrated and energetic, with definition to match the heft. For fans of the more powerful style. Apr 2017, James Molesworth, www.winespectator.com

Score: 91-94/100Wine Spectator

The 2016 Sansonnet is a blend of 85% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 80% new oak. It has a very intense, quite floral bouquet with an exotic touch that fortunately is nicely contained. The palate is medium-bodied with that Cabernet imparting a little rigidity to the tannin and a touch of graphite, but with very fine structure and focus, plenty of freshness on the finish. This may well surpass the 2015. Apr 2017, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2022-2045

Score: 91-93/100Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2022-2045

Blackish purple. Direct and fresh on the nose. Lots of sinew and freshness. Racy and should gallop along for many a long year. Pretty dry end.  Apr 2017, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2026-2040

Score: 16.5-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: 2026-2040

This is a big, intense, layered wine with chocolate shavings, black cherry fruits and a touch of damson coulis, although it is a touch drying on the finish. 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in 80% new oak. Apr 2017, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2025-2035

Score: 88-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2025-2035
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Emilion
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
14.5%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2022-2045
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Emilion
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
14.5%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2022-2045
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