2014 Domaine de l'A, Cotes de Castillon, Derenoncourt Vignerons

2014 Domaine de l'A, Cotes de Castillon, Derenoncourt Vignerons

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2014 Domaine de l'A, Cotes de Castillon, Derenoncourt Vignerons

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Stéphane loves the ’14 vintage, describing as ‘classic’ its combination of power and finesse. Still very youthful at two years old, with an abundance of tannin and ripe black fruit wrapped around a mineral core. The influence of 40% new oak is pronounced but will diminish in due course. Decanting reveals subtle floral aromas – a hallmark of this wine, which Stéphane attributes to the vineyard’s tuffeau limestone soils, and 20% wholebunch fermentation. The finish is mouth-watering: long, fresh and distinctly saline. Although, impressive now, this will be best approached from 2019 onwards. 
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Domaine de l'A

Domaine de l'A

World-renowned consultant Stephane Derenoncourt and his wife Christine purchased 2.5 hectares in the commune of Sainte-Colombe, Cotes de Castillon in 1999. Today they have 11 hectares divided among various parcels, the majority on a south-facing slope with tuffeau limestone soil (to which Stephane attributes his wine?s floral aroma). The average age of the Merlot (70%) and Cabernet Franc (30%) vines is 55 years old. The domaine is organic but ? for the time being ? uncertified. Yields are tiny: 28 hectolitres/hectare in a generous vintage. Owing to its scale, undulating vineyards and the ethereal character of its wines, the domaine has a distinctly Burgundian vibe.

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Cotes de Castillon

Cotes de Castillon

To the east of the St Émilion wine appellation, and on the north bank of the Dordogne, Côtes de Castillon has been the site of considerable interest and investment since the early 2000s. Wine production is significant, yielding over 1.5 million cases per annum and quality is quite variable, ranging from the everyday from the sandy and light gravel soils to imposing, aspirational wines benefiting from considerable investment, and made from the clay and limestone vineyards on higher slopes.

The style of these latter wines is akin to good St Émilion, and the wines use predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In common with other regions recognised to produce interesting and good-value wines, several well-known St Émilion proprietors have invested in the appellation over the past decade, among them Gérard Perse of Ch. Pavie, Stephan Von Neipperg of Canon-la-Gaffelière, and consultant Stéphane Derénoncourt.

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Decanter
Stéphane Derenoncourt’s own wine. Purity of fruit on the nose. Fine, closely-knit tannins. Fruit expression persistent. Good tension. Firm, long finish. St-Emilion GCC quality.
Drinking window: 2019-2028
Rating: 90
James Lawther MW, Decanter, 13th April 2015


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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
Score: 92
Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 12th January 2016 Read more