“To drink wine is to drink genius” said Baudelaire. Cantin’s genius is to have successfully preserved this property’s complete heritage over the centuries. Château Cantin takes its name from the Latin word, Cantio, a song. Of all the key players in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation, Château Cantin is undoubtedly the Ténor, the soloist that receives all the attention and applause. Most of the buildings that surround the Château’s main courtyard date from the 17th century. They were erected by Benedictine monks to serve both as a farm and a monastery for their religious order. They also served as the summer residence for the Saint-Emilion canons. The Château was then sold as a national asset to a neighbour, the Baron de Mauvezin, and remained in this family for approximately 100 years. Alphonse Bisch, a Parisian wine merchant, acquired it in 1890. The vineyard’s 33 hectares express their potential on a asteriated limestone plateau combined with Castillon clay, a terroir that enjoys excellent exposure to sunshine. The estate is divided into 26 parcels, for 38 hectares in all. In 2007, Les Grands Chais de France became the care-taker of Château Cantin’s farmer of title and today embarked on a journey to revive the prestigious past of the property. From 2009, Michel Rolland has been the consulting oenologist of the estate.