2019 Côtes de Castillon

Grapes Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Right Bank
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Côtes de Castillon
ABV 13%

This is delicious. What an opener from Von Neipperg! Measured and intense. Well packed with lovely soft fruit and super suede like dusty tannins. Chalky feel adds some good bite - very impressive. Restrained and cool. Supple integrated feel. 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet Franc. L&S (Jun 2020)

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The 2019 Château d'Aiguilhe has a lifted nose of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and black pepper, composed though not amazingly complex. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, quite a bit of extraction here, however I need to see a little more terroir expression on the finish. Not bad, though not as memorable as I would have liked. Possibly just closing down? Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. Drinking range: 2024 - 2036 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, (Feb 2023)

The 2019 d'Aiguilhe is still pretty tight. That won't be an issue in time, but readers looking for a 2019 to drink young won't find that here. In this tasting, the savoriness of Franc and the bright acids of these calcaire soils drive the wine's taut personality. Blood orange, mint, chalk, dried flowers and red cherry jam lead into the bright, layered finish. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, (Feb 2022)

The 2019 d'Aiguilhe has a really lovely bouquet of ample black cherry, mulberry and light floral scents, very pure and delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with cedar-infused red fruit. While not as exuberant as the aromatics, this is nicely detailed and quite poised on the finish. No, I still cannot pronounce its name, but this Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux is well worth seeking out. Drinking range: 2023 - 2038 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, (Feb 2022)

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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