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D Aiguilhe 2015

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91-94 Points, Wine Spectator: "Features lush fruit, with creamy-edged plum, raspberry and blackberry flavors that glide along. There’s depth here, but this is rounded and fresh in feel, with lovely purity" 4/16 92-93 Points, James Suckling: "This is so excellent with so much salty, blueberry and stone character. Full and hyper fresh." 4/16 90-92 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chateau d'Aiguilhe is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 23 and October 8 at 30 hectoliters per hectare, and matured in 30% new oak barrels. It has a very ripe and opulent, quite showing bouquet with fig and date-tinged red berry fruit. The palate is very well balanced, a supple ball of red cherry and strawberry fruit, with a touch of Christmas cake and allspice towards the finish; the Cabernet Franc imparts a little edginess, with a saline tincture lingering on the aftertaste. This is a very fine Côtes de Castillon from Comtes Von Neipperg." 4.16 #224 Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "A huge wine, the 2015 d'Aiguilhe is endowed with serious intensity and richness. Waves of dark red fruit, plum, menthol and licorice flesh out in the glass. Hints of white pepper and chalk add an attractive upper register, but in 2015, Aiguilhe is mostly about texture and intensity, both of which it has in spades. Tasted three times." 4/16

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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

91-94 Points, Wine Spectator: "Features lush fruit, with creamy-edged plum, raspberry and blackberry flavors that glide along. There’s depth here, but this is rounded and fresh in feel, with lovely purity" 4/16 92-93 Points, James Suckling: "This is so excellent with so much salty, blueberry and stone character. Full and hyper fresh." 4/16 90-92 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chateau d'Aiguilhe is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 23 and October 8 at 30 hectoliters per hectare, and matured in 30% new oak barrels. It has a very ripe and opulent, quite showing bouquet with fig and date-tinged red berry fruit. The palate is very well balanced, a supple ball of red cherry and strawberry fruit, with a touch of Christmas cake and allspice towards the finish; the Cabernet Franc imparts a little edginess, with a saline tincture lingering on the aftertaste. This is a very fine Côtes de Castillon from Comtes Von Neipperg." 4.16 #224 Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "A huge wine, the 2015 d'Aiguilhe is endowed with serious intensity and richness. Waves of dark red fruit, plum, menthol and licorice flesh out in the glass. Hints of white pepper and chalk add an attractive upper register, but in 2015, Aiguilhe is mostly about texture and intensity, both of which it has in spades. Tasted three times." 4/16

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