CASTILLON CÔTES DE BORDEAUX

Domaine de l'A

APPELLATION

Bordeaux

GRAPE VARIETIES

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

WINEMAKERS

Stéphane Derenencourt

91POINTS

Wine Spectator
MARCH 2017

90POINTS

Vinous
FEBRUARY 2017
BACKGROUND

Situated in Castillon appellation, Domaine de l’A was created in 1999 by Christine Derenoncourt, wine grower of Bordeaux and Stephane, wine grower and internationally recognized consultant. Both free thinkers, Domaine de l’A is a life-style size laboratory to test their ideas on vine growing and reveal the identity of a place, a soil. Domaine de l’A became over the past years one of the major reference of Côtes de Bordeaux.

WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES

Some soils are both clayey and filled with friable limestone, others explore Fronsac’s molasses. Handpicked harvest. Grape sorting in the vineyard and cellar, before de-stemming. Transfer of the harvest on a conveyor belt into oak casks. Pumping over the juice and cap punching. Alcoholic fermentation exclusively carried out by yeasts indigenous to the juice. The wines are aged until maturity in barrels for an average period of 16–18 months.

TASTING NOTES

A deep plum/purple color is accompanied by sweet black cherry, darker currant and briery notes, a wine with supple, velvety tannins, a lush texture and a heady finish. This wine is best served with the mythic Steak Frites, but will also be perfect on boeuf bourguignon, braised duck with mushrooms and strong chesses.

AGING

The wine is aged in barrel for 16-18 months.

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