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Château d'Aiguilhe Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Castillon 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The minerals in the clay-limestone soil account for a wine of both power and finesse in which the roundness of Merlot (80%) marries beautifully with the concentration and complexity of Cabernet Franc (20%). Although Château d'Aiguilhe has good ageing potential, it is nevertheless enjoyable 5 or 6 years after the vintage if decanted beforehand.

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

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

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/19/2011

This straightforward, well-made, dark ruby/plum-colored 2008 offers notes of spice box, plums, black cherries and damp earth as well as some noticeable tannin. This medium-bodied wine will provide correct drinking over the next 5-6 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Chateau d'Aiguilhe Querre 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/13/2012

This lush, expressive red is rich with ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and cassis, framed with coffee bean and dark chocolate. The tannins are firm but well-integrated, and juicy acidity keeps the wine fresh and bright through the spicy finish. Best... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Chateau dAiguilhe 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/11/2009

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Aiguilhe Querre, D 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/11/2009

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Chateau d'Aiguilhe 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

A soft, surprisingly elegant, evolved effort, this 2008 does not reveal a lot of depth, but it offers sweet black cherry fruit, a charming personality, and background oak as well as earth. Consume it over the next 5-6 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Chateau d'Aiguilhe Querre 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/14/2012

Full, saturated medium ruby. Brooding aromas of crushed blackberry, kirsch, violet and licorice. Sweet on entry, then concentrated and lively, with ripe, integrated acidity framing the crushed black fruit flavors. This fruit bomb really spreads ou... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Chateau dAiguilhe 750ml



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The minerals in the clay-limestone soil account for a wine of both power and finesse in which the roundness of Merlot (80%) marries beautifully with the concentration and complexity of Cabernet Franc (20%). Although Château d'Aiguilhe has good ageing potential, it is nevertheless enjoyable 5 or 6 years after the vintage if decanted beforehand.

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