Chateau La Commanderie Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2019
|France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion
|Chateau La Commanderie
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Château La Commanderie, St Emilion Grand Cru Classe. Owned by a young couple, the Decoster family purchased this Estate a couple of years ago. We are pleased to start with a great vintage, 2019.
Chateau La Commanderie (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe) is located between pretty famous neighbors: Chateaux Cheval Blanc and Figeac on the West side, Chateaux La Dominique, Jean-Faure and Ripeau on the North side, and Chateau Chauvin on the East side. One third of their vineyard is next to the border with Pomerol, on gravelly soils.
The property, despite being a Cru Classe de Saint-Emilion, thanks to its terroir and quality of its wines is a little more “off the beaten path", as it is only 3.7 hectares large, which is more some Pomerol standards in term of size! The vineyards are planted with 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, from an average of 35 year old vines. The production is about 18,000 bottles per year.
The Chateau has a long history, dating back all the way to the 13th century, when the chateau was providing wine for the Commanderie of Knights and Monks of St. John of Jerusalem, hence the roots of the name of the property.
The Chateau was acquired in 2017 by Thibaut and Magali Decoster, who also own Clos des Jacobins and Chateau de Candale in Saint-Emilion.
After they arrived, the Decosters made a lot of investments and conducted a complete renovation of the cellars and wine-making facilities.
They also changed how the vineyards were being tended. They began an organic, sustainable farming approach.
Hubert de Bouard (also co-owner of Angelus) became the consultant.
The 2019 La Commanderie has an opulent bouquet with lavish black and blueberry fruit, a little oaky but undeniably very seductive. It does not overwhelm the senses. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine acidity, multi-layered with a grippy, lightly spiced finish. I think this underwent maximum but not excessive extraction and therefore constitutes a well-crafted Saint-Émilion packed with ageing potential.
Blackberries, blueberries, cedar, leather, toffee and cigar box on the nose. Full-bodied with firm, velvety tannins. Dark and concentrated with a compact, lightly chewy finish. Drink from 2025.
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 La Commanderie hits the ground running with a highly expressive nose of stewed plums, blueberry pie and boysenberries with hints of violets, star anise, garrigue and unsmoked cigars. The medium to full-bodied palate exudes dark fruit and spicy sparks, framed by chewy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with a minty kick.