2018 vintage. Another spectacular value from the Côtes de Bordeaux, this time from Blaye. From 79 hectares of vines on sandy gravel soils. A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet sauvignon and 5% Malbec. Again I feel sorry for owner Jean François Reaud that he has to sell such a good wine at silly prices (4,95 euro consumer price!). Even at twice the price it would be great value. Subtle nose with ripe black (blueberries, cassis) and red fruits (raspberry) with a subtle floral touch. The taste is amazingly elegant, the fruit is fresh and crisp, with a good soft tannic backbone, some complexity, moderate alcohol (abv. 13%) and very good length. Extraordinary value. Vignobles Gabriel & co. — 4 days ago
Notes of sweet juicy cherries, elderflower, and ripe blueberries, graphite, mushroom, and forest floor with hints of clay, leather shop, and powdered sugar in the bouquet. Light-bodied maroon red with sharp tannins with tart cherry, plum, cranberry notes and a strong white tea tannins lingering on the finish. Tannins slightly chalky; needs good decanting. Fun and interesting value to try. — 6 days ago
2017 vintage. The Côtes de Bordeaux is a fantastic playground for value seekers and this Castillon is no exception. To be honest I feel sorry for owner Patricia Aroldi that she has to sell a biodynamical wine of this quality at such a low price (4,95 euro consumer price, I kid you not!). A blend of 86% merlot and 14% cabernet franc. Bright red fruit and flowers in the nose. Good fruit concentration and ripe tannin structure with vibrant acidity and more than decent length. Very easy to drink now, but this should age well for a few years. Highly recommended. Abv. 13%. Vignobles Gabriel & co. — 5 days ago
Color of different shades of dull purple. A little bit cloudy. Nose of dried strawberry, fermented cabbage, nice cherry jam, a bit raspberry, some spices, hint of oak, young and a bit mineral Pinot noir like. Taste of good acidity, a bit sweet, oak, good tannins, some flowering notes, fruits like raspberry, grapes, and fresh berries, earthy mineral, a bit peppery, and indeed more fresh raspberry. Aftertaste is also savory and shows a bit more zest and black pepper, just a bit short. — 10 days ago
Here’s to exploring the Côtes de Bordeaux! Enjoying this lovely, food-friendly, Merlot-focused wine with luscious plummy fruit aromas, supple tannins, and cedar / vanilla notes from Chateau d’Aiguilhe, Appellation Castillon.
Vintage 2017. ABV 14%. — 10 days ago
Finessed, on the lighter side. Pretty floral aromatics & elegantly textured. Macabeo & Muscat, with some tart citrus notes on the back of the palate. It has that herbal character which is unmistakably Macabeo (Viura) one finds in many white Rioja wines. — 5 days ago
Aromatic notes of pear and some citrus. An unctuous fruit driven palate - low acid, medium plus intensity. An absolute mouthful of flavour for under $25 - great QPR. Based heavily on Viognier apparently with some Roussanne and a tiny amount of Grenache Blanc. Jeb Dunnuck said like a “mini Condrieu “. I should have bought a dozen not half a dozen. — 14 days ago