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Château Chauvin, a St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé, is located in the northwestern part of the St. Emilion appellation. Chauvin has been in the hands of the Ondet family since 1981 and is now owned and managed by Béatrice Ondet and her sister, Marie-France Février. Béatrice is a passionate advocate of women winemakers, claiming that, "wine made by women tastes different, it's more subtle, elegant and complex than wine made by men, which tends to be stronger and more aggressive."
Chauvin is a single vineyard plot with 15 hectares planted with 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are hand-harvested and then matured in temperature-controlled- stainless steel vats. The wine is then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 15 months.
Cult oenologist Michel Rolland is a consultant at Chauvin and under his supervision the grapes are now harvested later and a strict selection policy is adhered to when the grapes arrive in the cuverie. The quality of the wine is now at an all-time high.