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Chateau Castegens Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon 2018

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Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Winery:Chateau Castegens
Grape Type:Merlot
Vintage:2018
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Chateau Castegens Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon is made from 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wine boasts an intense, deep and lively red color. The nose offers black fruit, blackberry, cigar box, licorice, some delicate and integrated oak flavors as well. The mouth is full of fruit flavors, spice and fine toasty flavors. The structure is rich, but the tannins are well integrated already. The finish is long and a slight mintiness give the wine a great length and some purity.

Pairs great with meat and vegetables on the grill.

Winery: Chateau Castegens

The Château overlooks the Dordogne valley above the village of Castillon-la-Bataille, adjacent to its prestigious neighbour Saint Emilion, only 8 km away. The vineyards are planted on the upper part of predominantly south facing slopes which provide excellent natural drainage and optimum exposure to the sun.

Owner: Jean-Louis de Fontenay

The origins of the estate date back to the early 15th century, not long before the famous battle of Castillon took place in 1453, which ended the Hundred-Years war between the English and the French. With the two other major events that occurred the same year (invention of printing by Gutenberg in Germany, fall of Constantinople in Turkey), most historians consider 1453 to mark the endof the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. Highlighting the property’s historical significance, each summer, the estate pays host to the re-enactment of this battle, an epic spectacle with 600 actors and cavaliers.
Château Castegens and its vineyard have been in the same family for 160 years. Curator of the tradition of excellence within the Appellation, the current owner, Baron Jean-Louis de Fontenay, since 1994, has been continuously elected by his peers the Grand Master of the « Confrérie des Chevaliers des Côtes de Castillon ».

Winery Acreage: 70 acres
Varietals Produced: 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Rémy Chauvet

Côtes de Bordeaux – Castillon is one of the most ancient wine region in the Bordeaux area,
Area under vine : 28 hectares (estate’s total surface is 120 hectares)
The soil is made of clay and limestone, with an emergence of flint.
The vineyard is planted with 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
The average age of the vines : 30 years old - Density : 5000 plants / ha
Viticulture
Leaf thinning on one side, green harvesting on the youngest vines, minimising of environmental impact.
Average yield : 45 hectolitres per hectare
Winemaking
Temperature controlled fermentation, micro-oxygenation, hydraulic vertical wine press.
Ageing : 12 months in French and American oak barrels (a third is renewed each year).


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