Red, Ready, but will keep

2015 Domaine de l'A, Cotes de Castillon, Derenoncourt Vignerons

2015 Domaine de l'A, Cotes de Castillon, Derenoncourt Vignerons

Red | Ready, but will keep | Domaine de l'A | Code:  47802 | 2015 | France > Bordeaux > Cotes de Castillon | Merlot/Cabernet Franc | Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

87-89/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2015 Domaine de L'A, the Ctes de Castillon from Stphan Derenoncourt, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It has a very concentrated bouquet driven by the very expressive and opulent Merlot, with figgy, date scents tucked in just behind giving it some exoticism. The palate is sweet on the entry with cassis and black cherry notes. There is plenty of sucrosity here, very generous in the mouth, although I would have liked a little more complexity on the finish. Still, this usually represents good value and it is certainly well made.
Neal Martin - 28/04/2016

The Producer

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.

The Grape

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

The Region

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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