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Chateau d'Aiguilhe, Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux 2012

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Formerly known as Côtes de Castillon, this appellation east of Libourne has shown great potential over the last decade, with several ambitious wines being made from south facing vineyards on the hills above the Dordogne river. Aiguilhe is one of the prestigious group of Chateaux (including Clos de l’Oratoire, Canon La Gaffelière and La Mondotte) owned by Count Stephan von Neipperg and Magali Malet-Serres, and has benefited from huge investment since its purchase in 1998.

Chateau d'Aiguilhe, Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux 2012

Product Code: AIG112

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Full Bodied

Rated 4 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: France
  • Region: Bordeaux
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 14.5%
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With 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, cropped very low at 25 hectolitres per hectare, and aged in 50% new barrels, this is very much styled in the modern St Emilion Grand Cru idiom. Very deep core with vibrant rim in the glass. Classy oak and cigar box aromatics, with cassis. Deliciously lush fruit, concentrated essence of blackcurrants, with splendid texture and freshness. Obviously youthful but very polished and already gives huge pleasure. Now-2023

"Very flashy and extravagantly ripe nose.... Lovely sweet, glossy palate entry. Well balanced, not too sweet. Finishes dry after an opulent start. Lots of energy. 16.5/20. 2016-2024", Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com, Bordeaux 2012, 19th September 2013.

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