Château La Bienfaisance is located in the town of Saint-Christophe des Bardes on the outskirts of Saint-Emilion. It has 16 hectares of vineyards sited on clay and limestone soils, with clay and sand on the surrounding hills. Winemaking is consulted by Stéphane Derenoncourt. It produces two labels with Sanctus as its reserve cuvee. Fruit for Sanctus comes from 4 hectares of chalky soils on the estate.
The 2010 Bordeaux En Primeur orders have finally started to be distributed in Australia. I got the Sanctus 2010 at $50EP, retail is $60. It is a 70/30 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which completes malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels then aged for 18 to 22 months without any racking. Given its youth, I popped the cork and stood the bottle on my table for 3 hours. Intense black ruby colour with a purple rim. A fragrant aromatic lift, the oak is still detectable, behind which is raspberry cordial, blackcurrant, tanned leather, overnight espresso grains and Morocco spice. A rough silky texture, this is a med+ – full-bodied wine, ripe acids kick life into the wine which is honestly backward and tightly coiled now. The tannins are currently residing as a block of rawness. But I sense potential in the depth of dark berry and dark chocolate flavours behind that. Store these bottles under the stairs. Drink 2018 – 2030. 90-92/100.