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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon 2003
Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon 2003
(search item no. 88130)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
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
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This large (120+ acres) vineyard planted on limestone and clay soils is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the 2003 was produced from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare. It exhibits a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of scorched earth, blackberries, underbrush, cherries, and smoke. Layered, opulent, powerful, and rich, with its tannin character well-hidden by abundant fruit, it should drink well for 10-12 years. It is another example of this backwater appellation producing a wine that transcends its pedigree.

—Robert Parker """
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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.