2014 Domaine de L'A, Côtes de Castillon (Previously $30)

SKU #1304649 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 While this Stephané Derenoncourt wine has dry tannins, it also has ripe fruit and blackberry flavors. Concentrated and firm for now, from 18 months in barrel, it will develop well to give a rich wine in the future. Drink from 2019. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This offers a pure core of dark plum, cherry and currant fruit melded with roasted apple wood, black tea and tobacco notes. Has heft, but stays silky and refined through the finish. Drink now through 2024. (JM)  (3/2017)

90 points Vinous

 The 2014 Domaine de l'A is dark, racy and explosive. Beams of tannin support a core of explosive dark red stone fruit, smoke, licorice and new leather. The oak tannins remain a bit prominent at this stage, which makes the Domaine de l'A a rare 2014 that needs more time in bottle. The blend is 80 % Merlot and 20 % Cabernet Franc. (AG)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

From a 15-acre parcel owned by renowned winemaking guru Stephane Derenoncourt, this wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux