Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau d’Aiguilhe, Castillon 2016 Magnum

R1,550

Fantastic value from the same ridge as St Emilion, power meets freshness with a caressing and pure finish

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Critics Top Rating

91 points

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2016

Wine Group

Boutique

Wine Occasion

Casual Entertainment, Formal Entertainment

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Right Bank

Curated Selection

Large Formats, Winter Warmers

Story

Story

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”.

Specifications

Specifications

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 – 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

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.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 91 points

Part of the von Neipperg holdings, this ripe, perfumed wine is rich with tannins and and spice. Black fruits and acidity balance all this firmness to give a wine with delicious potential. Drink this generous blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from 2021.


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 91 points

The 2014 d’Aiguilhe has a wonderful, quite detailed bouquet with black cherries, melted tar, minerals and a touch of sea spray. The palate is well balanced with supple red and black fruit, well-judged acidity, very feminine and lithe in the mouth with a caressing and very pure finish. This is just a sublime d’Aiguilhe that will give several years of drinking pleasure.


Decanter – 91 points

Still at a youthful stage, the wine has a meaty, ferrous nuance but is packed with dark fruit behind. The palate is dense and structured with fine but firm tannins and there’s a fresh, saline finish. The power is there but in a subdued manner. Experience tells me it will age.

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