|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Côtes de Castillon|
*Editors' Choice* Sweetly fruity, this is full of attractive acidity and juicy black currant fruit. It's a wine that is developing fast; with its delicious fruits. Rating: 92 The Wine Enthusiast www.winemag.com (Mar 2013)
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This Merlot-dominated (70%) blend has a velvet texture and smooth, silky tannins. Cassis and black cherry notes with a bright freshness. Definitely one for lovers of elegant, traditional clarets. Well priced. Rating: **** www.decanter.com(Jun 2015)
Always one of my favorite Cotes de Castillons, this 35 acre vineyard is planted primarily on limestone soils. A blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 was cropped at 24 hectoliters per hectare, and attained 14.5% natural alcohol. Abundant Rhone-like notes of black raspberry, licorice, garrigue and lavender emerge in the aromatics, but in the mouth, the wine is pure Bordeaux in its rich black currant and black raspberry-like fruit intermixed with subtle oak in the background. This impressively full, rich effort is capable of lasting 7-10 years. Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Jul 2011)
Clos Puy Arnaud
Clos Puy Arnaud was purchased in the late 90s by Thierry Valette and Anne Caldéroni. The vineyard consists of two main plots totaling twelve hectares. The beautiful south-facing terroir has large flat pebbles, sandy-clay soil, and limestone outcrops. Biodynamic viticulture has been applied since 2005. This includes green cover between the vine rows in order to reduce yields, as well a regular disking. Little by little, the perfect match between grape varieties and soil types is being achieved. There is less Cabernet Franc now, and Carmenère vines were planted in 2005. The wooden vats are well-adapted to the separate fermentation of grapes from different plots. Once picked, the grapes are put whole (without being crushed) into cement or oak vats, depending on the plot. Extraction is gentle and enhanced by pigeage, or punching down the cap. Aging takes place in oak barrels, 50% of which are new every year. Clos Puy Arnaud is a wine that delights hedonists. Very expressive, with delicious fruit and an elegant spiciness, this wine is gaining depth and complexity as the vines get older
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