Château Chauvin was acquired by Sylvie Cazes in May 2014.
This beautiful estate of 15 hectares is located to the north-west part
of Saint-Émilion, close to the Pomerol appellation.
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A history of dedication
THE DIVISION OF THE FIEFDOM OF CORBIN
The smallholding of Chauvin was previously part of the ancient grand fiefdom of Corbin.
This fiefdom was divided into multiple properties at an auction in 1852.
Chauvin was then acquired by Jean Fourcaud-Laussac, who had just bought what was to become Château Cheval Blanc. At this time, major soil drainage work took place on both estates.
VICTOR ONDET’S “FOLLY”
His business prospered and Victor Ondet gave in to the bourgeois fashion of the time and set about looking for a country residence, delightfully named a “folly”: this is how he came to buy the Chauvin estate, in 1891.
The property already had vineyards and its wine was well known.
CHAUVIN ACQUIRES ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE
Then came the turn of Henri Ondet, who was to expand Château Chauvin to its current dimension while safeguarding the know-how that had already been built up.
The first classification of Saint-Émilion growths was ratified in 1954. Chauvin was among the growths selected. Since then its classification has been renewed at each revision, including the most recent reorganisation published in 2012.
BÉATRICE AND MARIE-FRANCE ONDET: A DEMANDING DUO
When their father died, Marie-France and Béatrice took over the management of Château Chauvin. For more than 20 years they invested a lot of energy at the service of the property and increased investment.
A NEW PAGE IS TURNED
S Sylvie Cazes and her children Julie, Pierre and François Régimbeau bought Château Chauvin in May 2014. They want to continue the work carried out by the Ondet family while giving Chauvin the assets needed to succeed in this new page in its history.
Sylvie Cazes has entrusted the technical management of the property to Philippe Moureau, who has embarked on a program of restructuring the viticultural and winemaking techniques.
A new visual identity
Beyond the change in graphics, the purpose of this identity is to reflect the values so dear to Sylvie, her children and her team.
While searching through the archives of the property, a Château Chauvin label from 1929 was discovered. This immediately appealed to Sylvie, who decided to use it as the basis for the creation of the new label, while preserving the essence of the Château.
After that, the graphic research went back to the meaning of the word “chauvin”. To be “chauvin” in French means to be proud of your land, to love your land.
To the label dating from 1929, a symbol was therefore added to illustrate its values: Cupid, son of Venus, and the god of Love in Roman mythology, proudly displays a banner depicting a lion, the emblem figuring on the coat of arms of Saint-Emilion, his land that he looks over with a watchful eye.
As from the 2014 vintage, the label showing Cupid straddling a lion represents the attachment of Château Chauvin to the land of Saint-Emilion.
SOIL, TOPOGRAPHY, LANDSCAPE, BIODIVERSITY ... THIS
MOSAIC MAKES UP OUR OUTSTANDING TERROIR
Château Chauvin is located to the north-west of Saint-Émilion, half way between Cheval Blanc and the Butte de Rol, close to the Pomerol appellation.
The soil at Chauvin is sandy clay, benefiting from the presence of a pseudogley and an iron-rich sub-soil similar to that found in parts of Pomerol. Thanks to its lower water retention capacity, the soil rapidly succumbs to water shortages, thus allowing the grapes to ripen more quickly.
The efficient drainage of the entire vineyard also allows run-off of water during the wettest periods.
The vineyard is in a single block surrounding the property, thereby facilitating the meticulous vineyard work carried out by the team at the Château. It is mostly planted with Merlot (75%), which expresses itself admirably in this vineyard. The areas showing the most clay are planted with Cabernet Franc (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), varieties that fit in perfectly with this type of soil.
The vineyard is managed with the greatest respect for the terroir, so as to bring out its purest expression. Sylvie Cazes and her team strive to produce a wine that is a faithful reflection of the land.
The most qualitative grapes make the greatest wines
Sylvie Cazes has for goal to produce wines embodying the terroir of Château Chauvin. Thus, since she bought the property in May 2014, Sylvie Cazes led a study of the soils and sub-soil, she proceeded to the uprooting of less-productive plots then to a re-planting programme and invested in new tools for the harvesting. Sylvie also put back in place working of the soil under the vines so as to allow the roots to dig deeper into the clay, and she introduced a new drainage system.
Thanks to all this work in the vineyard, the style of Château Chauvin defines itself, year after year.
The approach of Château Chauvin’s team is to sublimate the terroir and acclaimed grape varieties of Saint-Émilion.
With precision and rigor, respecting the conditions of each vintage, Sylvie Cazes and Philippe Moureau are striving to make elegant, balanced, feminine and sophisticated wines.
Since vintage 2014, a second wine is produced at the estate, called Folie de Chauvin (Chauvin’s Folly). Benefiting from as much care as the first wine, it is elaborated from the youngest vines.
Folie is characterised by its roundness and elegance as well as its nice fruit aromas. More affordable than Château Chauvin, Folie is above all a wine of pleasure!