2014 La Source Côtes de Castillon
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Côtes de Castillon|
Bordeaux is a big region with over 100,000 Hectares of vines planted. A lot of people only get to know the Cru Classe, which is a shame, as there are so many cracking properties in the lesser known areas that turn out delicious wines. Thankfully we have quite a nose for finding these gems and so you get to try beauties like this. From the Cotes de Castillon which is garnering quite the reputation for quality and value. Darkly fleshy and fruity with blackcurrant, plum, dark chocolate, cedar and a whiff of smoked tea. In the mouth the wine has richness, but is balanced and fresh, with a lovely depth of cassis, plum and cedar. A roast leg of lamb would be the perfect match. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 L&S (Jan 2021)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
A small estate in the rolling hills of the recently re-named Côtes de Castillon appellation, Château Goubau was acquired a few years ago by lifelong Bordeaux enthusiasts Stéphane and Béa Goubau. Investment in the winery and hard work in the vineyards are gradually bringing this estate back to its rightful place among the elite of the area – recent blind tastings of the 08 & 09 vintages from Castillon and St. Emilion have regularly placed Ch. Goubau above many St. Emilion Grands Crus, and on a par with its renowned (and more expensive) neighbour Château d’Aiguilhe. The small but impressively equipped chais boasts three different vinification techniques for the three quality levels produced: Les Charmes is fermented in horizontal steel cuves equipped with rotating paddles that keep the skins submerged, thus avoiding the need for pigeage or remontage. La Source is vinified in classic bordelaise wooden cuves. The top wine undergoes ‘vinification intégrale’ (whole bunch fermentation) in barriques equipped with openings at each end. The vineyards surround the Château and chais, and are, at 100 metres altitude on the limestone Plateau of St. Philip d’Aiguilhe, the highest in Bordeaux. 95% Merlot, the vines are assiduously worked throughout the year; removal of excess buds at the end of winter and a green harvest in august help to limit the yields, and to ensure the healthy condition of each bunch. There are two tables de tri at the winery, one vibrating, to remove any fruit that does not meet the required maturity level.
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