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

SKU #1299151 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Château d'Aiguilhe checks in as 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc brought up in 30% new barrels before being bottled with no fining. As with the white, it has brilliant limestone character as well as vibrant strawberry and black raspberry fruits, hints of violets and flowers, background oak, and medium to full-bodied richness. It’s a balanced, high-quality 2016 well worth seeking out. Drink it over the coming 15 years or so.  (2/2019)

92 points James Suckling

 This is very precise with dark-berry, sandalwood and light chocolate character. Just a hint of sweet fruit and wet earth. Medium body, firm tannins and a pretty finish. Drinkable, but better in 2021.  (2/2019)

92 points Vinous

 The 2016 d'Aiguilhe is absolutely delicious. Succulent, nuanced and inviting, the 2016 has so much to offer. Ripe cherry, plum, French oak, mocha, new leather and spice all flesh out effortlessly. Deep, generous and resonant, the 2016 captures all the best the vintage has to offer. Sweet, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. It would be nice to see a bit less overtness to the oak. The wine really does not need it. In 2016, d'Aiguilhe is very pretty. Tasted two times. (AG)  (1/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Juicy loganberry and black currant fruit forms an inviting core, while light bay, tobacco and violet notes fill in around the fruit. Offers a fleshy edge but keeps an emphasis on cut and drive through the finish. Drink now through 2028. (JM)  (3/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Very rich and sumptuous on the nose. Round and well balanced. Very fine tannins. Very successful. Hint of some floral soap?! But really pretty impressive. Lots packed in there. *Good Value* (JR)  (5/2019)

K&L Notes

91 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2016 d’Aiguilhe, bottled in March 2018, is showing some reduction on the nose, although it blows off to reveal black cherries, cassis and hints of date on the nose, plus a bit of black olive lurking in the background. The spicy palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannin. There is impressive energy here, courtesy of the calcaire soils. Well-defined and linear on the finish. A very fine d’Aiguilhe that will reward bottle age." (01/2019)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2017 | Send Email
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Always one of our favorites. Round and rich.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2017 | Send Email
If you love rich, exotic Merlot and don't want to wait, d'Aiguilhe is your wine, as it is one of Bordeaux's great Right Bankers to drink young. The 2016 is loaded with sweet round fruit and soft textured. Really delicious wine that reminds me of the fantastic 2005. 1.5 Stars

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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.
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Bordeaux