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Chateau Sainte Colombe Cotes de Castillon 2005

Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Winery:Sainte Colombe
Grape Types:Cabernet Franc
Merlot
Vintage:2005
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

Chateau Sainte Colombe Cotes de Castillon is made from 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcoholic fermentation triggered by indigenous yeast in temperature controlled cement vats. The wine has stayed on the skins for 4 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged for 15 months in oak barrels with racking every 3 months.

"One of the least expensive wines from Gerard Perse's three Cotes de Castillon estates, the 2005 Ste-Colombe is unquestionably the softest and most immediately accessible. Its dark ruby color is followed by a concoction of ripe, sweet black currant and cherry fruit, incense, spring flowers, and spice. Drink this richly fruity 2005 over the next 4-5 years.'
- Wine Advocate (April 2008), 88 pts

"Moderately saturated medium red. Rather high-toned aromas of cherry, red plum, licorice, herbs and pepper. Bright acidity gives this wine good juicy cut and verve. A very fresh style of 2005."
- International Wine Cellar (May/June 08), 87 pts

Winery: Sainte Colombe

The Saint Colombe Estate
The wine is produced by Vignobles Perse that also owns the famous Chateau Pavie in Saint Emilion.  The average annual production for Sainte Colombe is 16,500 cases.

The
Saint Colombe Vineyard
The vineyard measure 40 hectares total (98.80 acres) and the average age of the vines is 37 years old.  The Sainte Colombe plateau is the highest point in the Cotes de Castillon Appellation.
The vines enjoy good quality clay-limestone soil, optimum southern-facing sun exposure, excellent natural drainage due to its position on a slope, healthy water regime thanks to a limestone substrate, and early ripening thanks to white clay soil which retains warmth remarkably well.
Green harvesting, with an initial leaf thinning on the eastern side of the vines in late June and a second in mid-August on the western side.

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