2011 Côtes de Castillon

Grapes Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Côtes de Castillon

This large estate of 125 acres was cropped at 30 hectoliters per hectare by proprietor Stephan von Neipperg and his consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt. The final blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc hit 14% natural alcohol. The wine possesses a dense ruby/purple color, notes of licorice, crushed rock, spring flowers, blue and black fruits, nice flesh, medium body and good acidity. It should drink well for a decade. 2012 - 2022 Rating: 87-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Apr 2012)

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A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this has a pretty rounded, floral bouquet with touches of violet. It should develop nicely in barrel. The palate is sweet and crisp on the entry with a fine citric thread. It is well balanced, very harmonious and pretty rather than powerful towards the finish. This is well made when it might have been overdone. Fine. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, (Apr 2012)

Bright purple hue. Lifted fruit, the chalky terroir nuance enhanced by the acidity. Ripe tannins but firm finish. Drink 2016-2022. Rating: 16 (Apr 2012)

This has overt spiced toast, anise and mocha notes to soak up, but there's a good core of black cherry and blueberry fruit that should be up to the task. Slightly rustic cedary note checks in on the finish, but there's flesh here to harmonize that too. Rating: 87-90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2012)

Château d'Aiguilhe

Chateau d’Aiguilhe, owned by Stephan Neipperg is situated in a unique location. The Bordeaux wine property is bordered on one side by a plateau. The other side is bordered by a small valley. This overlooks “l’aiguille”, which is a French term meaning “needle.” This is how the chateau found its name. The property has a long and interesting history as a Bordeaux wine property. At one time, there was supposed to have been a Roman villa on this site. Much later, the château was probably used as a commandery for the Knights Templar. The first written records date back to the late 12th century. The château was built in the 13th century. d’Aiguilhe was obtained by the d’Albret family before it was sold to the Leberthon family. The Leberthon family connection was important as numerous familiy members were officials in the Bordeaux parliament. Eventually the Leberthons sold Château d’Aiguilhe on the eve of the French Revolution to Etienne Martineau. He expanded it into a huge Bordeaux wine estate with four hundred hectares of vines in a single block. His descendents remained owners of the château until 1920. Today, the Right Bank property is owned and managed by Stephan von Neipperg, who owns several other Bordeaux wine properties in St. Emilion.

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