Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
The Wine Advocate - "Tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare have produced a wine with terrific fruit intensity, a moderately tannic structure, and hints of chocolate, cedar, spice box, and earth. Although not as big as I expected given the vintage, it is well-made and impressively endowed.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points"
Wine Spectator - "Alluring aromas and flavors of toast, mineral and roasted plum are expressive and energetic in this rich, modern red. The texture is broad yet polished, with well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright medium ruby. Expressive, inviting aromas of black raspberry and minerals. Dense, sweet and seamless, with lovely energy and definition to its its dark raspberry and chocolate flavors. Finishes with smooth, suave tannins and slow-building length. The best result to date from this chateau, which is owned by Stephan von Neipperg, proprietor of Canon La Gaffeliere and La Mondotte. This wine aged on its lees for 17 months before being bottled without fining or filtration."
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Château d'Aiguilhe Winery
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. View all Château d'Aiguilhe Wines
About Cotes de Castillon(coat duh cass-TEE-yawn) St-Émilion and south of Fronsac. The region is Merlot-based like its surrounding neighbors and produces great value wines. Wines of Castillon may not have the depth and elegance of a Pomerol, but they are delicious & affordable, allowing consumers to enjoy the right-bank of Bordeaux and a friendly price. These wines also have the additional benefit of being approachable when young, though some producers are creating wines that will age well and improve with a few years in the bottle.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.