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Clos l’Eglise Cotes de Castillon is situated in the middle of the renowned Libournais hills in the Cotes de Castillon appellation. The 16 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard has old vines.
Many are on average age of 33 of age and older. The terroir is clay and limestone soils on the Cotes de Castillon plateau. The vineyard is planted to a typical Right Bank vineyard cepage of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
At Clos l’Eglise Cotes de Castillon the goal is to keep the yields low. On average, they are 35 hectoliters per hectare or less. Part of the vineyard management technique is short pruning along with severe green harvesting.
In addition, a first leaf thinning is done at the end of June and a second leaf thinning takes place in mid-August. After hand harvesting and sorting, alcoholic fermentation starts naturally in temperature-controlled concrete vats followed by a long maceration. Malolactic fermentation of Clos L’Eglise takes place in barrel.
Clos l’Eglise Cotes de Castillon is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. To increase the richness in the wine, it spends the first 6 months aging on its fine lees. The final blend is completed just before bottling, which is done without fining or filtering.
2008 was the final vintage for Clos l’Eglise Cotes de Castillon. The fruit from this vineyard will be combined with the grapes from the second wine of Pavie, the second wine of Monbousquet, Clos L’Eglise and St. Columbe will be used to make a new wine, Esprit de Pavie.
When to Drink Clos l’Eglise, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Clos l’Eglise is much better with at least 3-5 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Clos l’Eglise offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 5-15 years of age after the vintage.
Clos l'Église (Côtes de Castillon) Wine Tasting Notes
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08 Clos L’Eglise (Cotes de Castillon) is produced from a blend of 70% merlot and equal parts cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. The deep ruby color with its purple tints is your introduction to this black fruit, licorice, and chocolate scented wine. Soft tannins add to the plush mouth feel that ends with a load of rich, ripe fruit. 90-93 Pts
2,775 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2009
Licorice, black raspberry jam, coffee and red plum notes make up the perfume. Medium/full bodied, round in texture, this easy to like, low acid wine is ready to drink. This wiill not make old bones. I'd drink this up by the time it hits its tenth birthday to preserve the fruit.
3,954 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2011