2016 d'Arce, Côtes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1304808 90-92 points Vinous

 The 2016 d'Arce is soft, ripe and plummy. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mocha and espresso are all pushed forward in this racy, voluptuous wine from Hélène Garcin's 4.5 hectare estate in the Côtes de Castillon. (AG)  (4/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 D'Arce, the Côtes de Castillon from the Garçin-Leveque family, is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc fermented in mostly concrete vats and matured in 300-liter new barrels. It has around 13.8% alcohol. It has a well-defined bouquet with a noticeable marine influence that influences the blackberry and briary aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, moderate depth, very elegant with a very precise, quite minerally finish. This is a splendid follow-up to the 2015 D'Arce, a Côtes de Castillon that just says "Enjoy me." And there is nothing wrong with that. (NM)  (4/2017)

89-91 points Wine Spectator

 Lively, with a spice-infused mix of red and black cherry fruit and a floral twinge on the finish. (JM, Web-2017)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
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Another perfect score for value in 2016 and you will see almost no 2017 as 90% of the crop was lost in the April 27th freeze. Helene Garcin Leveque's new project is a smashing success-three vintages in a row. 90% Merlot and 10% CF. All my notes say is "so sweet and sexy-lovely texture on the palate. Enjoy young and often." Enough said--this is even better than their 2014 and 2015.
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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
Côtes de Castillon continues to be a source for some of the best values on the Right Bank. Many top producers in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol have invested in properties within this neighboring appellation, making wines which are nearly equal in quality to their best labels at a fraction of the price. Hélène Garcin, owner of Chateau Clos l'Église in Pomerol and Chateau Barde-Haut and the new Poesia in St-Emilion, now owns Chateau d’Arce in Côtes de Castillon. 2016 is only her third vintage, but certainly the best vintage yet. The quality is already apparent here. Loads of bright, sweet fruit. Very fresh with fine tannins. Terrific balance. Exceptional value.

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