Classified Bordeaux: Cotes de Castillon

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 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 Clos L'Eglise 2006

    Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #181 February 2009)
    Drink: 2009 - 2024

    "Chocolate, espresso roast, plum, fig, and black currant aromas are followed by a dense, rich, full-bodied Pomerol displaying superb purity, elegance, and noticeable but ripe tannin. There is not an astringent element to be found in this savory, layered, opulent 2006. It is ideal for drinking over the next 12-15+ years."

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