Chateau D’Aiguilhe 2009


Cult right bank merlot blend. Considered an up and coming chateau in an up and coming appellation. From the amazing 2009 vintage. 93 points from Bordeaux expert James Suckling. Last stocks

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The appellation of Côtes de Castillon is essentially an extension of St-Émilion. The vineyards of the hills (Côtes), are on the same limestone plateau as those of St Émilion and overlook the Right Bank of the Dordogne River.  Oz Clarke describes the region as “a rising star” region, with excellent wines at more affordable prices. This wine was featured on the cover of Decanter magazine in late 2012 when he wrote about this and other “lesser” appellations of Bordeaux (such as Canon Fronsac).

Château d’Aiguilhe, an estate of nearly 110 hectares, (50 hectares of vines) belongs to the Counts of von Neipperberg.

Château d’Aiguilhe is an estate well worth visiting.  The vast inner courtyard is flanked  on one side by a plateau, and on the other by a small valley.  This overlooks “l’aiguille”, a French word meaning “needle”, or rocky rise on which the château was built.  The château was destroyed by fire in the early 20th century and then rebuilt. Imposing buildings from various periods and in different architectural styles surround the courtyard, and a new semi-underground cellar fits in discretely with the environment.

Region/Terroir:  Bordeaux-Cotes de Castillon.

Grapes:  Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (20%).

Soil:  Clay and limestone on limestone subsoil.  The minerals in the clay-limestone soil account for a wine of both power and finesse, in which the roundness of Merlot marries beautifully with the concentration and complexity of Cabernet Franc.

Alcohol: 14.5% VOL

Wine making:  Grapes are harvested by hand into small crates to avoid bruising and are manually sorted before and after de-stemming.  There is no crushing.  The grapes undergo cool pre-fermentation maceration.  After fermentation the wine is matured in French oak barrels  (45% new) and aged on lees for 17 months.  There is no fining or filtering.

Cellaring potential:  Although Château d’Aiguilhe has good ageing potential, it is enjoyable a few years after the vintage (decant beforehand).

Tasting notes:
From Decanter magazine “Rich and powerful but with a minerally freshness that provides balance. Red fruit aromas.  Generous fruit on the palate. Needs a little time. Drink 2014-2020. (16 points)”

Other reviews James Suckling 93/100, Stephen Tanzer 91/100, Wine Spectator 91/100, Jancis Robinson 15.5/20

Single bottles, multiple bottles or complete boxes (12 bottles in a wooden case) may be ordered.

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