BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
José Sanfins is known throughout the region for his winemaking acumen, and he is currently director at the famous Château Cantenac Brown. José purchased the tiny 7-acre vineyard of Château Chantelune from its former owner, Mr. Soubrane, a woodsman and carpenter. The property takes its name, which translates as sing to the moon, because Mr. Soubrane always used to fell his trees during the full moon, asserting that this gave the best quality wood.
This extraordinary parcel of 40 year-old-vines is one of the hidden gems of the Margaux, situated on the highest point in the appellation on fine Médoc gravel and sand. The soil is thin, with a high proportion of gravel, allowing for excellent drainage. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels, 50% of which are new each year, and the wine can be aged at least 10-15 years after bottling.
José Sanfins’ goal at Château Chantelune is to limit production to just 400 cases, which is a very low yield of 13 hectoliters per hectare, as the small size of the vineyard allows him to produce highly-selected quantities of high-quality fruit, with the objective of producing a polished, pure, balanced and supple wine