Chateau Senejac 2016

Chateau Senejac 2016

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Nicolas de Bloys was the first owner of the Senejac Estate in the 16th century. Although he may have planted a few vines on the property, wine making was not the priority in his reign. In the early history of Chateau Senejac, the winery was famous for producing white wine. In 1860, the Comte de Guigne purchased the estate and his family retained control of it until 1999 when they sold the Chateau to Lorraine Cordier. Since her passing in 2011, the estate is controlled by some of her nieces and nephews.

The estate is rather large at 150 hectares but only 38 hectares are under vine. There are 40 hectares of wooded area as well as fish ponds and other park land. The vineyards are planted to 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

Chateau Senejac is owned by the same part of the Cordier family which owns Chateau Talbot in Saint Julien.
Wine Advocate: 93
The 2016 Snjac has an attractive bouquet with floral-tinged red and black fruitstrawberry pastilles and just a touch of bay leaf, nicely defined and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, very harmonious with assiduous use of new oak. This is a very stylish Haut-Mdoc, one of the best that I have tasted in many years. This comes highly recommended.
Decanter: 91
From the Bignon-Cordier family, this is a sleek, sexy Mdoc with good chewy tannins and a lovely rich texture to the blackberry fruit. It has a serious edge, showing some menthol notes on the finish and a feeling of freshness that accompanies the entire experience beginning to end. Good persistency. A successful vintage here.
Vinous: 91
The 2016 Snjac is exquisite. Sweet tobacco, mint, grilled herbs and dark red fruit give the 2016 is a striking interplay of aromatic intensity and palate presence. Powerful and deep, the 2016 offers notable depth yet also remains quite finessed for the year. Layers of fruit build into a long finish laced with expressive savory and earth-driven tones. This is an especially delicate style for the year. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 93
Dense and layered with blueberry and chocolate character. Medium body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Racy and refined already