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From a vineyard opposite Trottevieille, the 2021 Sansonnet opens in the glass with aromas of berries, plums, licorice and burning embers. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and rather muscular, with good depth at the core, tangy acids and powdery tannins that assert themselves on the finish, it's 91% Merlot, the balance Cabernet Franc.
William Kelley, April 2022
The 2021 Sansonnet has a well-defined bouquet of dark cherries, bilberry and cassis scents, all perfumed and nicely focused. The medium-bodied, compact palate offers sappy black fruit, moderate depth and a chewy finish. It does not quite deliver the finesse or purity of recent vintages, but it should cohere during élevage.
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022
There’s a level of brilliance to this, with blackberries and tar, as well as black licorice and spices. Medium body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. All together.
Meaty-savoury aroma and flavour. Chalky freshness but rounded fruit and tannins. A certain tension provides lift and persistence but everything in balance. Reined-in power with everything under control. (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2038
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022
The 2021 Sansonnet is once again a stand out. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, chocolate, new leather, licorice and espresso give this large-scaled Saint-Émilion tons of depth. As always, Sansonnet is an extrovert, but in 2021 it benefits from a kick of acidity that balances things out nicely. It was impressive both times I tasted it.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022
Glass-staining damson in colour, rare in the vintage, this is poised and finessed, well-handled with a silky texture and concentration to the black cherry fruits and cigar box smoke through the mid palate. The fresh acidites come in on the finish, giving an abrupt end, but lots of potential here. Good stuff from Marie Lefévère at this 7ha clay-limestone estate.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022