Comte d'Aiguilhe Comtes Von Neipperg Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 2015, France

Acquired by Stephan von Neipperg in late 1998, Château d’Aiguilhe is one of the finest and most beautiful vineyards in the Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux appellation. Located back from the river, the château’s dignified ruins bear witness to a long and turbulent history. Today, the estate covers 111 hectares, including 50 planted with vines. The vines grow exclusively on the plateau, where they benefit from south-facing sun exposure and excellent natural drainage. A thin layer of rather meagre clay-limestone and clay-silt topsoil overlays a limestone substratum that ensures remarkable water regulation. Combined with the average age of the vines, this terroir is ideal for producing quality wine. Harvesting: By hand, into small crates to avoid bruising. Sorting before and after destemming. No crushing. The grapes are put into vats by gravity flow. Fermentation: In temperature-controlled wooden and concrete vats for 25 to 30 days depending on the vintage. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap). Malolactic fermentation and ageing: In new oak barrels (up to 50%) on fine lees. Fining and filtering as necessary, depending on the vintage. Blending: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc