Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
Vinous 92 points! Wine Advocate 90-92 points! Decanter 91 points!
Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon is a beautiful red wine gem from the excellent 2016 vintage in Bordeaux. The von Neipperg counts are descended from a noble line dating back to the Holy Roman Empire. This family has contributed great soldiers and illustrious diplomats throughout the centuries. Responsible for numerous military exploits, the family's long history is grounded in their attachment to their land. In fact, the Counts von Neipperg have been making fine wine since the 12th century. Chateau d'Aiguilhe is located on hills overlooking the Right Bank of the Dordogne River, on the border between the Cotes de Castillon and Saint-Emilion appellations. This 110- hectare estate has 50 hectares of vines, which are planted exclusively on the upper part of the hills.
"The 2016 d'Aiguilhe is absolutely delicious. Succulent, nuanced and inviting, the 2016 has so much to offer. Ripe cherry, plum, French oak, mocha, new leather and spice all flesh out effortlessly. Deep, generous and resonant, the 2016 captures all the best the vintage has to offer. Sweet, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. It would be nice to see a bit less overtness to the oak. The wine really does not need it. In 2016, d'Aiguilhe is very pretty. Tasted two times."--Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January/2019, 92 points!
"The 2016 Chateau d'Aiguilhe is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc picked from 30 September until 18 October, matured in 30% new oak. It has a warm and sensual bouquet: small macerated black cherries, blueberry and sloes, a light floral tincture emerging with time. This has a little more strictness compared to the 2015 last year. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and good body. Sappy black fruit, a touch of spice towards the finish, and you have yourself a very fine Cotes de Castillon. Drink 2020-2035."--Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, April/2017, (90-92) points!
Enjoy Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon with roast duck, veal, ratatouille, and cheeses.