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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon 2001
Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon 2001
(search item no. 76643)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2001 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color to the rim as well as a sumptuous bouquet of spice box, licorice, black currants, and loamy, earthy characteristics. Made in a suave, savory style, with medium body, sweet tannin, ripe fruit, and loads of balance as well as elegance, this beauty will drink well for 10+ years. It is a sleeper of the vintage. This large estate is owned by Stephan von Neipperg, who hired guru winemaking consultant Stephane Derenoncourt to make the wine."
-Wine Advocate

Stephan von Neipperg has now decided to leave his mark on Château d'Aiguilhe, one of the finest vineyards in the Côtes de Castillon. Château d'Aiguilhe is located off the beaten track, quite a distance from the usual wine trail. The château ruins bear witness to the Castillon region's long history.

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About Château d'Aiguilhe:

Stephan von Neipperg's Saint-Emilion estates have received praise from around the world for their excellent quality. von Neipperg has also decided to leave his mark on Château d'Aiguilhe, one of the finest vineyards in the Côtes de Castillon. Château d'Aiguilhe has 65 hectares, of which 42 are devoted to producing wine. The vineyards are planted on the upper part of the slopes and thus have excellent natural drainage and sun exposure.

The estate is expertly managed by Jean-Patrick Meyrignac. It benefits from the tried and tested winegrowing methods used by Stephan von Neipperg at his Saint-Emilion estates: letting the terroir express itself fully, low yields and a very flexible approach to winemaking.