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Domaine de Courteillac History, Overview
Domaine de Courteillac is a fairly young estate. The estate was originally founded by Henri de Foussat de Bogeron. Classified as a Bordeaux Superieur, Domaine de Courteillac was purchased in 1998 by the well-known Bordeaux wine merchant, Dominique Meneret, a partner in the negociant company, Bernard and Meneret. Dominique Meneret was also the director of Chateau Larmande in Saint Emilion for a bit.
Things really began to turn around for the property when Dominique Menert bought the property from Stephane Asseo, who had owned the vineyard since 1982. The sale took place after Stephane Asseo left Bordeaux to create the popular California winery, L’Aventure in the central coast appellation of Paso Robles.
Stephane Asseo and Dominique Meneret are business partners in the California winery. Since Stephane Derenoncourt began consulting on the wine making and vineyard management of Domaine de Courteillac, there has been a marked improvement in the wines being produced at the estate.
In late, 2016, it was announced that the large, Chinese wine and spirits retailer, Daohe Wine and Spirits, purchased Domaine de Courteillac from Dominique Menert for an undisclosed sum of money. The entire technical team will remain in place with the property.
Domaine de Courteillac Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
Domaine de Courteillac owns 27 hectares of vineyard planted to 63% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc. Over the past few years, the amount of Cabernet Franc in the vines has slowly been increasing. 2 hectares of vines are reserved for the production of white Bordeaux wine.
On average, the vines are maintained with an average age of 15 years. The terroir of Domaine de Courteillac is clay and limestone soils. Domaine de Courteillac is situated southeast of St. Emilion, close to the Dordogne river. The vineyard enjoys one of the highest elevations in the Entre Deux Mers appellation.
The wines are aged in 33% new, French oak barrels for between 14 and 16 months. Close to 12,000 cases per year are produced of Domaine de Courteillac. There is a second wine, C de Courteillac. Previously, the second wine was sold under the name of Domaine Fleur de Courteillac. Domaine de Courteillac is a strong example of a Bordeaux value wine with the designation of Bordeaux Superieur.
When to Drink Domaine de Courteillac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine de Courteillac is better with at least 1-2 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine de Courteillac offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-6 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Domaine de Courteillac with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Domaine de Courteillac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Domaine de Courteillac is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Domaine de Courteillac is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.
Domaine de Courteillac Wine Tasting Notes
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|2016||Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Medium bodied, easy drinking charmer, with fresh, black raspberry, licorice and red cherries. Soft textured and forward, this will drink well early.
May 1, 2017points - Tasted 1923 Views
|2015||Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Well priced charmer with loads of sweet, black raspberries, cocoa and thyme. Medium bodied, and forward, there is nice value to be found here.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 1169 Views
|2014||Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Medium bodied, fruity, soft textured, ripe, black cherry, espresso and licorice accents and a round, fruit filled finish. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is perfect for current, near term drinking.
Jan 6, 2018points - Tasted 555 Views
|2013||Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Simple, light, correct, red berries and an easy going finish that requires early drinking. 84-86 Pts
May 1, 2014points - Tasted 1353 Views
|2012||Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
The wine is medium-bodied, ripe, soft, oaky and slightly drying in the finish, from a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. 84-86 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1960 Views
|2010||Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
A nice, easy drinking, Merlot domianted, quaffable wine that is ready go, with soft dark cherries and hints of licorice in the finish. This is not a wine to age.
Mar 8, 2014points - Tasted 1735 Views
|2009||Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
From a blend of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, this already delicious wine is filled with licorice, jam and soft textured red and black fruits. This should deliver pleasure on release.
Jul 18, 2011points - Tasted 4653 Views
2009 Domaine de Courteillac. This domain was purchased in 1998 by Dominique Meneret from Stéphane Asseo, when Asseo left to create L'Aventure in Paso Robles, in which Dominique remains a partner. The vineyard is planted in clay and limestone. From a blend 70% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon, and 10% cabernet franc, this soft textured wine offers dark, anise coated berries. It finishes with black raspberries. 86-88 Pts
Aug 26, 2010points - Tasted 3830 Views
|2008||Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
08 Domaine Courteillac, with its deep color and generous dose of ripe black fruit, plus a low price, is an enjoyable wine everyone can afford. 84-87
Aug 1, 2009points - Tasted 2638 Views