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.
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.
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.
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 the process of working the soil beneath 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.