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Château d'Aiguilhe Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Castillon 2003

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"90 points Robert Parker: 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. (4/06)Wine Spectator 91 Aromas of blackberry, spices, chocolate and meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of juicy fruit. Luscious finish. Gorgeous. This has a new winery, but the clay soil of the vineyards really helped. Best after 2009. 7,000 cases made. (JS) (3/06) Steven Tanzer 89: Good dark red. Wild, meaty aromas of currant and leather. The sweetest and fattest of these three vintages, with a smooth, round texture and an exotic suggestion of truffle. But good minerally lift gives firmness to the finish. A very successful 2003 from limestone and clay soil-like owner Stephan von Neipperg's La Mondotte. (05/06) Decanter 4 Stars: The best ever from this high flying Castillon estate. Deep, bright hue. Beautiful expression of fruit on the nose. Fruit driven attack with mid-palate glycerol roundness and behind a sturdy but ripe tannic structure. Fresh calcaire finish. 2008-2018. Farr Vintners 15.5: Owned by Stéphan von Neipperg of Canon la Gaffeliere. This wine was produced from 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Yields 30 hl/ha. After a long fermentation (with pumping over and pigeage) the wine is being elevaged sur lie with malolactic fermentation in barrel, of which 50% are new. Plump, supple and creamy and very attractive. Tasted alongside la Mondotte and genuinely not far away in quality. Great Value. Jancis Roninson 16: This wine has always seemed dramatically superior to its appellation and in 2003, grown on limestone, it is a powerful wine: Merlot with 20 per cent Cabernet Franc. Superripe mulberry notes with fine tannins underneath. Opulent. "

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière:
Château Canon La Gaffelière is located on the outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, at the southern foot of the slope. The 19.5 hectare vineyard has a complex, outstanding terroir of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil. The topsoil is primarily sandy, increasingly so as one moves away from the slope. The unusual proportion of grape varieties (55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Ca... Read more
Château Canon La Gaffelière is located on the outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, at the southern foot of the slope. The 19.5 hectare vineyard has a complex, outstanding terroir of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil. The topsoil is primarily sandy, increasingly so as one moves away from the slope. The unusual proportion of grape varieties (55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) at Canon-La-Gaffelière is perfectly suited to the soil. The average amount of Merlot is approximately 70% in Saint-Emilion. This variety contributes roundness and opulence. However, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc at Canon-La-Gaffelière is unquestionably well-adapted to the estate's warm soil. This variety accounts for an exquisite bouquet with spicy, floral overtones, as well as power and aromatic complexity. The old Cabernet Franc vines do especially well on soil with a high clay content. Seeing as the Cabernets are usually late-ripening, they take full advantage of the estate's warm soil. This means they mature much earlier than in most other parts of the appellation. The vines, an average of 45 years old, are deeply rooted in the soil and absorb all the goodness in the terroir. They are mostly replaced individually rather than plot by plot (which maintains the average age). The last major replanting dates back to 1986. Mass selection is practised. This is especially useful in order to perpetuate the precious old Cabernet Franc vines. It not only maintains the vineyard's genetic heritage, but also its unique balance. Remarkably well-structured, always elegant, and unfailingly long on the palate, Château Canon La Gaffelière eloquently illustrates Stephan von Neipperg's new orientation. Read less

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External Reviews for Château d'Aiguilhe Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Castillon

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Aromas of blackberry, spices, chocolate and meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of juicy fruit. Luscious finish. Gorgeous. This has a new winery, but the clay soil of the vineyards really helped. Best after 2009.(WS)


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/12/2011

Aromas of blackberry, spices, chocolate and meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of juicy fruit. Luscious finish. Gorgeous. This has a new winery, but the clay soil of the vineyards really helped. Best after 2009. 7,000 cases made. ... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Chateau d'Aiguilhe 750ml


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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

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"90 points Robert Parker: 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. (4/06)Wine Spectator 91 Aromas of blackberry, spices, chocolate and meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of juicy fruit. Luscious finish. Gorgeous. This has a new winery, but the clay soil of the vineyards really helped. Best after 2009. 7,000 cases made. (JS) (3/06) Steven Tanzer 89: Good dark red. Wild, meaty aromas of currant and leather. The sweetest and fattest of these three vintages, with a smooth, round texture and an exotic suggestion of truffle. But good minerally lift gives firmness to the finish. A very successful 2003 from limestone and clay soil-like owner Stephan von Neipperg's La Mondotte. (05/06) Decanter 4 Stars: The best ever from this high flying Castillon estate. Deep, bright hue. Beautiful expression of fruit on the nose. Fruit driven attack with mid-palate glycerol roundness and behind a sturdy but ripe tannic structure. Fresh calcaire finish. 2008-2018. Farr Vintners 15.5: Owned by Stéphan von Neipperg of Canon la Gaffeliere. This wine was produced from 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Yields 30 hl/ha. After a long fermentation (with pumping over and pigeage) the wine is being elevaged sur lie with malolactic fermentation in barrel, of which 50% are new. Plump, supple and creamy and very attractive. Tasted alongside la Mondotte and genuinely not far away in quality. Great Value. Jancis Roninson 16: This wine has always seemed dramatically superior to its appellation and in 2003, grown on limestone, it is a powerful wine: Merlot with 20 per cent Cabernet Franc. Superripe mulberry notes with fine tannins underneath. Opulent. "

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