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Aiguilhe 1999

SubregionCastillon - Cotes de Bordeaux
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

This wine is serious even in a lighter year. It exhibits some high quality toasty new oak, a dense ruby/purple color, and sweet, medium to full-bodied, concentrated flavors redolent with notes of olive, black currant and pain grille. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

A sleeper of the vintage, the 1999 is the first vintage to reflect the new owner's reduced yields and winemaking philosophy. The result is a dazzling blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine exhibits a black/purple color, followed by an exotic nose of spice box, licorice, coffee, and Asian spices. Full-throttle fruit flavors, an unctuous texture, and a seamless personality can be found in this outstanding example of a Cotes de Castillon. Moreover, it will drink well young, yet age nicely for a decade or more. Don't miss it!

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Owned by St├ęphane de Niepperg of Canon de Gaffeliere. This 80% Merlot wine is very impressive and could be sold at twice the price if it were from Saint Emilion. Deep colour, serious concentration and great intensity of fruit.

Farr Vintners, June 2000
Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000
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