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Date Printed: 1/28/2015
Domaine Du Castel Petit Castel 2009
Domaine Du Castel Petit Castel 2009
(search item no. 122054)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 1/28/2015: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Petit is a blend of the wines which were not used for its big brother. Again the blend will be mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest, in order of importance is Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The wine is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.
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About Domaine Du Castel:

This is a winery that does not like to be described as a boutique winery but as a small winery managed by a family. We believe that our success is mainly the result of our personal involvement in all aspects of the business – from viticulture to winemaking and from management to distribution. We have managed to create a very close-knit team.

After being born in cosmopolitan Alexandria and educated in England, Italy and Switzerland, Eli Ben Zaken moved to Israel, first working in agriculture and then later in the restaurant business. Eli has no formal winemaking education, and so when he had to decide whether or not to turn Domaine du Castel from a hobby into a formal business he was faced with a formidable challenge. Eli recalls how a sentiment voiced by Winston Churchill was very apt at this time as he felt as though he "were walking with Destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial … I was sure I should not fail."