Chateau d’Aiguilhe, Castillon 2015
Fantastic value from the same ridge as St Emilion, power meets freshness with a caressing and pure finish
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Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Right Bank
Acquired by Stephan von Neipperg in late 1998, Château d’Aiguilhe is one of the finest and most beautiful vineyards in the Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux appellation. Located back from the river, the château’s dignified ruins bear witness to a long and turbulent history.
Formerly the heart of a fortified farm, the château dates from the 13th century. Everything leads us to believe that the Aiguilhe seigneury was vast, with several large fiefs. Located on the frontier between areas occupied by the French and English during the Hundred Years’ War, the château had a major strategic role and changed allegiance regularly according to the political tendencies of the seigneur… Later on, the château belonged to the Albret family, then the Leberthons, who contributed several members of the Bordeaux parliament. Before emigrating on the eve of the French Revolution, the Leberthons sold the estate to a certain Etienne Martineau, who transformed it into a huge 400-hectare farm in a single block that stayed in his family until 1920.
Today, the estate covers 140 hectares, including 90 planted with vines. The vines grow exclusively on the plateau, where they benefit from south-facing sun exposure and excellent natural drainage. A thin layer of rather meagre clay-limestone and clay-silt topsoil overlays a limestone substratum that ensures remarkable water regulation. Combined with the average age of the vines, this terroir is ideal for producing quality wine.
Château d’Aiguilhe produces also a fruity and quaffable second wine, known as “Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe”, and since 2015 a 100% Sauvignon Blanc called “Le Blanc d’Aiguilhe”.
Yield – 35 hl/ha
Winemaking – in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing – in new oak barrels (30%) on the lees for 14 months. No fining
Blending – 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Combining power and freshness, the wines of Château d’Aiguilhe succeed in expressing the terroir’s strong personality, and show very well after 5 years in bottle.
This has an ample core of lively plum, blackberry and anise notes that is silky in feel, but has heft and persistence. The finish pulls in a singed apple wood note, but the purity of fruit wins out easily overall.
Wine Enthusiast – 92 points – Cellar Selection
This balanced wine shows fine potential. Its structure dominates at the moment, with solid tannins, but the rich black fruit is all there. Let it develop over the next several years and drink from 2021.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 90-92 points
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.
Wine Spectator – 92 points
A swath of toasty, singed vanilla starts off, quickly backed by waves of currant and plum preserves. As the flavors knit, a graphite spine emerges and drives the anise- and apple wood-tinged finish. Let this settle in with a little cellaring. Very solid. Best from 2020 through 2027. *Smart Buys*