2015 D'Arce, Côtes de Castillon

SKU #1285405 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Château d'Arce is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and it was picked earlier than usual, at the end of September, in order to preserve the Merlot aromas. No SO2 was used apart from two grams just after the malolactic, using CO2 to preserve the wine. It has a plush cranberry, black cherry and licorice scented bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, caressing in the mouth, hints of cedar and bay leaf, gentle and elegant with a sustained, light grip on the finish. This is very fine and elegant. Tasted twice with consistent notes. (NM)  (4/2016)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Marked by a plush, light toasty frame around a core of plum and raspberry coulis flavors, this should be an open and inviting wine in bottle. Shows solid depth through the finish. (JM, Web Only-2016)

90 points James Suckling

 A ripe and juicy red with plum and berry character. Some spices. Full-bodied, round, soft and juicy. Drink now or hold.  (2/2018)


 The 2015 d'Arce is an attractive, forward wine to drink now and over the next few years. Succulent red cherry, tobacco, mint, spice and dried flowers add shades of nuance to this very pretty, understated Côtes de Castillon. Silky tannins and midweight structure add to the wine's immediacy and appeal. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. (AG)  (2/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is soft, open and full of fruit. It has a tang of acidity as well as rich berry flavors and a supporting layer of tannin. Fine, smoky and structured, it will be easy to drink from 2019. (RV)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

A new property in the Cote de Castillion for the Garcin-Leveque family, of Barde-Haut fame, that has been given the same treatment as their other outstanding estates. Planted to 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc, the vines are farmed oragnic and sustainably and the fruit is all handpicked each vintage. 2014 was the first vintage for the husband and wife team of Hélène Garcin-Lévêque and Patrice Lévêque, and the 2015 improves upon the great success they acheived with D'Arce right off the bat. The wines represent an outstanding value both for short term cellaring and drinking. This is a hot property to keep an eye on.

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
Very accessible young Bordeaux and a perfect example of the much acclaimed '15 vintage. Ripe red fruits backed by moderate tannins, a savory note and a touch of fine oak.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2017 | Send Email
Classic 2015. Don't let the low price scare you away. This reminds me of the 1997 Cantemerle: it drinks great young, but will age (if you can keep your hands off it.) Wild spicy berry and floral character. Full-bodied, with soft tannins. Two Thumbs up !!!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2017 | Send Email
Another great chance to try the fantastic 2015 vintage. The d'Arce is a pleasing, juicy wine with elegant notes of coffee, cherries, plums, with very velvety tannins. Very versatile and completely drinkable from the get go.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2017 | Send Email
The 2015 vintage produced plenty of charming, easy to like wines but here’s one that is easy to love. This is primarily Merlot, so it's soft and supple, full of deep red fruits, velvety tannins and energetic acidity. It's structured and balanced, the grapes are hand picked, organic, sustainable and no SO2 was added to preserve the wine. With all this for just $15.99, what's not to love?

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2017 | Send Email
A very recent addition to the stable of Right Bank properties owned and managed by Helene Garcin-Leveque yet her influence is already felt in this charming 2015 Bordeaux blend from the Cotes de Castillon. Quality to rank among the best in the appellation. Sweet ripe fruit and a lush texture in a well-balanced, crowd-pleasing style that will make for superb near to medium term drinking. On y va!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2017 | Send Email
I love this wine from the Garcin family, the folks behind Barde-Haut and L'Eglise on Bordeaux's Right Bank. It's a perfect expression of everything I enjoy about the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux. The flavors are delicate and fruit-driven, but they're pretty rather than punchy. The red fruits are pure, accented with mineral notes and a core of clean acidity, and the tannins are elegantly structured. We tasted this with Helene Garcin at the property this past Spring and I loved it then, but the wine is really showing its splendor right now. Not only is it delicious, it's also versatile. It's rich enough to pair with beef, but juicy enough for chicken and pork as well. It's a wine I could drink everyday for the price, yet also one that tastes serious enough to bring to a dinner party. It's the type of Bordeaux I never want to be without and it's a fantastic preview of what's to come from 2015. For those of you who want to get your feet wet in the genre, this is a classically-styled wine that delivers serious bang for the buck.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2017 | Send Email
What a great discovery on that eventful Saturday afternoon at Château Barde Haut with Helene Garcin Leveque. D'Arce is a new property for Helene:7.5 hectares in nearby Castillon planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine emanates with meaty aromas and smoky bacon undertones. The palate is full of sweet black cherry fruit, lush on the finish. The wine tastes so good right now, but it will cellar well for several years. You can have it both ways with the 2015 D'Arce.
Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2017 | Send Email
It's certainly a more modern iteration from Bordeaux, but full of pretty red fruit and blueberry notes. The palate is lush and soft with a lot of fruit up front; it then moves into licorice, dark currant and dried herbs. The finish is elegant with touch of grip on the back end. Great little weeknight sipper.

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