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Chateau d’Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau d’Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

While wine was being produced at Chateau d’Aiguilhe during the 1700’s when it was owned by the Leberthon family. The modern era for the property begins in the late 20th century.

Stephan von Neipperg purchased Chateau d’Aiguilhe in 1989. At the time, it was in poor condition and needed renovation as well as replanting. The wine making facilities needed to be completely rebuilt and Stephan von Neipperg created a new circular, shaped winery.

Chateau d’Aiguilhe is situated in a unique location. The Bordeaux wine property is bordered on one side by a plateau. The other side is bordered by a small valley. This overlooks “l’aiguille”, which is a French term meaning “needle.” This is how the chateau found its name. Stephan von Neipperg owns several other Bordeaux wine properties in St. Emilion including Canon La Gaffeliere, La Mondotte and Clos de l’Oratoire.

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At Chateau d’Aiguilhe, the vine density ranges from 5,500 vines per hectare to 9,000 vine per hectare. The density continues to increase as the vineyards are replanted. The Cotes de Castillon vineyard of Chateau d’Aiguilhe is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. At the time the property was purchased by von Neipperg, the vines included Cabernet Sauvignon, which he quickly pulled out and replaced with Merlot. On average the vines are 28 years of age. Sustainable viticulture and a biodynamic approach characterize vineyard management here by Stephan Neipperg. This means no herbicides, pesticides, or insecticides are used. Harvesting is manual into small plastic crates. The fruit is sorted before and after destemming.

To produce the wine of Chateau d’Aiguilhe, after intense sorting, the fruit is whole berry fermented in a combination of oak and stainless steel tanks, all equipped with temperature control. Maceration runs 28 days with regular, pneumatic pigeages. Malolactic fermentation and sur lies aging takes place in 50% new French oak barrels. There is a second wine, Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe. On average between 9,000 and 10,000 cases of Chateau d’Aiguilhe are produced each vintage.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. Smoky cherries, licorice and espresso bean with truffle create the aromas. On the palate, the wine shows ripeness and polish for the vintage, ending with a blast of plum and minerality that carries through. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The yields were 10 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 40% new oak. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 50% new, French oak barrels. Ruby in color, plush, forward, and offering sweet black raspberries with fennel, drink this on the young side. 88-90 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. With a dark color, the wine delivers a blast of ripe black raspberries, cherry, espresso and licorice. Forward, medium bodied and already delicious, drink this on the young side.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this wine will be aged in 45% new oak. From limestone soil similar to what is found on the St. Emilion plateau, it shows flowers, minerality, spearmint and plum. This fresh, soft, black raspberry-filled, tannic wine will benefit from a few years of age. 90-92 Pts

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  4. 2010 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. With a good deep color, the wine offers truffle, tobacco and sweet black cherries in the nose. Structured, fresh, bright and now tight, the wine is not a lot of fun to taste for the moment. Give it a 3-5 years in the cellar before popping a cork.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. With a licorice, black cherry, smoke, spice and espresso bean nose, this supple ripe, spicy black raspberry jam filled wine is one of the top wines from the Cotes de Castillon appellation. 91-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. d’Aiguilhe – This 50-hectare vineyard produced with a typical blend for the appellation, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is aged in 50% new oak. Dark, purple ruby in color, with a perfume of licorice, jammy dark berries and oak, the wine is round in texture and is filled with delicious ripe black and red fruits, chocolate and spicy, fresh berries. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. Licorice, jammy berries, coffee and chocolate scents lead to a plush, round, sexy and already approachable wine. Net yields in 2009 were an amazing 8 hls/ha.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 d’Aiguilhe - This 50-hectare vineyard is planted on thin clay on top of limestone. Net yields in 2009 were 8 hls/ha. The wine is aged in 50% new oak. This wine, 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc, is deeply colored, and shows aromas of spice, oak, dark jammy berries, anise, strawberries, and chocolate. Full bodied and round, this fresh, supple wine finishes with dark cherry, spice, and licorice. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. 2008 D’Aiguilhe offers a perfume of licorice, oak, minerals, blackberry and coffee scents. Full bodied and concentrated, this ripe and round textured wine was bottled in June. 91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. 08 D’Aiguilhe (Cotes de Castillon) is the perfect ringer for a blind tasting of St. Emilions. Coffee, black fruit, and some mineral essences start off this lush wine that has a fresh, ample finish of anise, plums, and black berry fruits. 89-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2005 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. This voluptuous charmer is filled with licorice, black cherry, chocolate and smoke. Round, sensuous and ready, this is drinking great today. It should continue at this level for at least another decade.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. This sexy little wine is coming around and offering a lot of pleasure with its licorce, chocolate, smoke, caramel and roasted coffee bean perfume. Supple in texture, the wine exudes pleasure in its ripe, dark berry, chocolate and mocha finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. From a typical blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this delicious, affordable, Cotes de Castillon wine is filled with licorice, black cherry, cocoa, cassis and earthy scents. Richly textured and drinking perfectly today, the wine ends with a fresh, ripe, fennel and spicy plum finish. This is one of the great value wines from the 2005 Bordeaux wine vintage.

      91 points - Tasted
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  8. 2003 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. This fully mature wine offers licorice, plum, black cherries, truffle, jam and smoke. From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this round, ripe and delicious Right Bank, Bordeaux wine is drinking great today.

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2000 Château D'Aiguilhe

    1. Fully mature, with licorice, stone, earth, black raspberry, spice, coffee and ripe plum scents, this round, medium bodied, soft textured wine is drinking at the perfect place today. If you have any remaining, I'd drink them over the next 2-4 years to preserve the fruit.

      90 points - Tasted
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