2003 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon

SKU #1026977 91 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of blackberry, spices, chocolate and meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of juicy fruit. Luscious finish. Gorgeous. This has a new winery, but the clay soil of the vineyards really helped. Best after 2009.  (3/2006)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This large (120+ acres) vineyard planted on limestone and clay soils is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the 2003 was produced from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare. It exhibits a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of scorched earth, blackberries, underbrush, cherries, and smoke. Layered, opulent, powerful, and rich, with its tannin character well-hidden by abundant fruit, it should drink well for 10-12 years. It is another example of this backwater appellation producing a wine that transcends its pedigree.  (4/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good dark red. Wild, meaty aromas of currant and leather. The sweetest and fattest of these three vintages, with a smooth, round texture and an exotic suggestion of truffle. But good minerally lift gives firmness to the finish. A very successful 2003 from limestone and clay soil-like owner Stephan von Neipperg's La Mondotte.  (6/2006)

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By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition | Review Date: 1/7/2010
Big wine big fruit: Plums, dark berries, smoke and spice... WOW. So much going on here, with a nice finish as well. I'll say it again: BIG FRUIT; we drank this tasty wine on New Years Eve. Check out the Hi-Def video webisode on our New Years bottles at www.wineexpedition.com.

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