|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Côtes de Castillon|
This is attractive on the nose with easy, soft red fruit. In the mouth this soft easy and quite loose style continues almost a mulchiness to the ripe core - but this is not flat or thick and it firms up and dries a little at the back end. Interesting. Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2013)
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A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2012 offers ripe mulberry and crème de cassis aromas on the nose that is already showy, but maintains fine freshness and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, much more fruit than the Clos Marsalette and a structured, almost Cabernet-style finish. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2013)
The 2012 d’Aiguilhe enjoyed low yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and the final blend was 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that came in at 14% alcohol. This large production cuvee comes from a 175-acre vineyard. Full-bodied with beautiful black currant, licorice, lead pencil shavings and forest floor characteristics with a touch of smoky oak in the background, this opulent, round, complete wine should drink well for 7-8 years. D’Aiguilhe has been a consistent winner for a number of vintages. One of the Stephan von Neipperg estates (all of which merit attention), Stephane Derenoncourt is the consultant. 2013 - 2021 Rating: 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2013)
Ripe fruit with mid-palate sweetness. Firm but polished tannins. Drink: 2017 - 2024. Rating: 16.25 James Lawther MW, decanter.com(Apr 2013)
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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