Chateau d’Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Aiguilhe Chateau dAiguilhe Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau d’Aiguilhe History, Overview

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

Stephan von Neipperg purchased La Fleur d’Aiguilhe in 1989 and promptly renamed the estate, Chateau d’Aiguilhe. At the time Stephan von Neipperg took over the vineyard, everything was in poor condition and needed renovation as well as replanting. The wine making facilities needed to be completely rebuilt and modernized. Stephan von Neipperg created a new circular, shaped winery.

Chateau d’Aiguilhe is situated in a unique location. The vineyards are 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 as well as property in Pessac Leognan and Sauternes.

Chateau d’Aiguilhe Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The Cotes de Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau d’Aiguilhe is in total 110 hectares. However, only 50 hectares are cultivated with vines. The vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is limestone and clay soils. 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.

At the time the property was purchased by von Neipperg, the vineyard included plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, which were 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 Von Neipperg. This means no herbicides, pesticides, or insecticides are used. Harvesting is manual into small plastic crates. The fruit is sorted twice, both before and after destemming.

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To produce the wine of Chateau d’Aiguilhe, after intense sorting, the fruit is whole berry fermented in a combination of oak vats and cement tanks. In 2015, a complete renovation and modernization of Chateau d’Aiguilhe was completed. They added 9 new, truncated cone-shaped concrete vats giving them a total of 26 vats in all. 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. Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe is vinified in stainless steel tanks that were previously used for the first wine.

Serving and Decanting Chateau d’Aiguilhe with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau d’Aiguilhe is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau d’Aiguilhe Querre is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau d’Aiguilhe is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

With the 2014 vintage, Chateau 2014 d’Aiguilhe introduced a white Bordeaux wine, d’Aiguilhe Blanc. Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, which comes from a tiny, 0.35 hectare parcel of vines planted in the Cotes de Castillon appellation. The wine is vinified in 5 year old, French oak barrels. There is no malolactic fermentation or skin contact. The wine is then aged for an average of 8 months in used, French oak barrels before bottling. You should expect to see an increase in the amount of Sauvignon Blanc planted here in time. There are also plans to plant one hectare of Chardonnay vines outside the appellation.

On average, between 9,000 and 10,000 cases of Chateau d’Aiguilhe are produced each vintage.

Château d'Aiguilhe Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    1. Deep in color, the wine offers dark, black cherry liqueur, espresso, blackberry, and chocolate nuances. There is flesh, freshness and depth of flavor, with supple, sensual textures and a lush, ripe, dark, red fruit filled finish. The wine was produced from blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

      93 points - Tasted
  2. 2016 Château D'Aiguilhe Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. Vanilla, pears, green apple and citrus aromatics come together nicely. Medium bodied, sweet, early drinking charmer, that will be fun to enjoy in the hot summer months.

      89 points - Tasted
  3. 2015 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    1. Purity with silky tannins and incredibly sweet, ripe, dark, red fruits to begin, you'll find licorice and just a hint of dark chocolate on the back end. This wine has concentration and energy and gives us insight into the kind of wine that can be realized in the Cotes de Bordeaux.

      93 points - Tasted
  4. 2015 Château D'Aiguilhe Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. The second vintage for the white wine here gets going with Fresh grapefruit, vanilla and sweet lemon chiffon, produced in a forward style.

      90 points - Tasted
  5. 2014 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    1. Fresh, red and black fruits with a spicy, mineral driven, sweet, spicy, plum and cherry finish. 90-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  6. 2014 Château D'Aiguilhe Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. Fresh grapefruit, vanilla bean and lemon chiffon, made in a fresh, sweet, early drinking style. This is the debut vintage for this wine that was produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 87 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  7. 2013 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    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
  8. 2012 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    1. Forward, soft, medium bodied wine that delivers a sweet, round, black cherry, thyme, espresso and earthy signature. This is ready to go.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. 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
  9. 2011 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    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
    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

      90 points - Tasted
  10. 2010 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    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
    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
    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
  11. 2009 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    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
    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
  12. 2008 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    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
    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
  13. 2005 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    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
    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
    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
  14. 2004 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    1. Smoky, with mushroom, floral and dark berry aromatics. The wine is medium bodied, round and ends with a fennel and black cherry finish. This is fully mature and requires drinking.

      88 points - Tasted
  15. 2003 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    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
  16. 2001 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    1. Clearly starting its gentle decline as the wine offers more secondary, earthy, tobacco notes than sweet, red berries. Drink up as it is not going to get any better from here.

      88 points - Tasted
  17. 2000 Château D'Aiguilhe ( Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

    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