Bordeaux Red: Cotes de Castillon

The area lies just east of Saint-Émilion and is made up of Castillon-la-Bataille and several neighboring communes. The name honors the fact that it was the site of the last battle of the Hundred Years War, in 1453, where the English general Talbot was defeated. Here, the red wines account for over eighty percent of the wines, with those closest to the Saint-Émilion border typically being heralded as the best both by the locals and the international press. The wines, usually predominately Merlot, are characterized by a richly tinted robe, a lovely spicy fragrance and a fuller body, acquiring a suppleness similar to their neighbors to the west after three years in the bottle.

  • Chateau Brisson

    Côtes de Castillon is the region of Bordeaux just east of the Saint Émilion appellations. Château Brisson uses 100% Merlot from a gravely clay and limestone soil, and vinifies traditionally for maximum color extraction with a temperature-control system to preserve the fresh fruit flavors. After color extraction, the fermentation and aging occurs in oak barrels, staying in the oak for 12 months.

    The Côtes de Castillon region is a very homogeneous land overlooking the Dordogne. In this vineyard, the soil is very broken, with clayey-limestone soils, with stony, hardstone, and rubblestone subsoils. The wines often distinguish themselves from neighbors with their considerable warmth and suppleness. Robert Parker writes “These serious wines can easily compete with some of the better St. Émilions. These wines exhibit deep ruby-purple colors, and attractive, spicy box, chocolate, coffee, black cherry & cassis scented aromas…bargain-priced wines to drink over the next five years.” This wine regularly receives 3-4 stars in the Guide Hachette, the number one French Wine Guide in France.

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