2023 Domaine de l'A, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux

2023 Domaine de l'A, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux

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2023 Domaine de l'A, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux

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Description

Blend: 75% Merlot; 25% Cabernet Franc.

This is a very good wine from dynamic husband-and-wife team Stéphane and Christine Derenoncourt. Despite two hectares being lost to mildew early in the season, the eventual crop had a good skin-to-juice ratio. The grapes were highly concentrated, to the pleasant surprise of the Derenoncourts.

The nose is elegant and refined, with notes of wildflowers and dark forest berries. The palate is intense, vibrant and well textured, with layers of juicy blackcurrant and red cherry. You really feel the limestone soils here, with characteristically chalky tannins leading to a wonderfully saline, mineral finish. Stéphane describes 2023 overall as a vintage of undeniable freshness, with each wine having its own identity. Domaine de l’A encapsulates this perfectly.

Drink 2027 - 2040

Our score: 16.5/20

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Wine Advocate91-93/100

A delicate, perfumed bouquet of violet, dark wild berries and cherries prefaces the 2023 Domaine de l'A, a medium to full-bodied, deep, profound and layered wine with velvety tannins, bright acids and a fleshy core of fruit that concludes with a long, mineral finish. As usual, this is an excellent performance.

Drink 2025 - 2040

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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About this WINE

Domaine de l'A

Domaine de l'A

World-renowned consultant Stèphane Derenoncourt and his wife, Christine, purchased 2.5 hectares in the commune of Sainte-Colombe in the Côtes 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 hl/ha 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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Côtes de Castillon

Côtes 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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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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