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2017 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1356331 91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in 30% new barrels, the 2017 Château d'Aiguilhe offers a gorgeous perfume of framboise, blueberries, strawberries, and flowers. Possessing medium body, fine, silky tannin, impeccable balance and obvious minerality on the finish, it’s seriously good Côtes de Castillon that over-delivers.  (4/2018)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Lively, with fun raspberry and blackberry fruit that stays bright and engaging throughout, backed by light anise and floral notes on the finish. This should fill out nicely. (JM, Web Only-2018)

89-90 points James Suckling

 Lots of raspberry and strawberry coulis character is presented amidst a mesh of round tannins and driven through by the minerality to a medium finish.  (4/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color and composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 d'Aiguilhe contains a large part of second-generation fruit because 60% of the crop was affected by frost. It is scented of baked blackberries, preserved plums and Indian spices with hints of menthol and wood smoke. Medium-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a lively line of freshness, it has a long earth-laced finish. (LPB)  (4/2018)

88-90 points Vinous

 The 2017 d'Aiguilhe is ripe and exotic, with plenty of super-ripe red cherry, wild strawberry, blood orange and rose petal notes. The 2017 includes some second generation fruit that survived the frost and that was harvested in October, three weeks later than the first genration fruit. Partial aging in steel and foudre keeps the flavors fresh in this striking, nuanced Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux. (AG)  (5/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid to deep crimson. Lively cassis with a light cedary/leafy freshness but fully ripe. Juicy, rounded and beautifully harmonious. Tastes gently handled but all in proportion and with what tastes like Cabernet Franc freshness. Tannins are fine and supple already. 16.5/20 points. (JH)  (4/2018)

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