We recently started working with the excellent Clos des Menuts in the historic town of Saint-Emilion. The Riviere brothers, who own Clos des Menuts, Chateau Lavagnac and Chateau Picampeau also had this in their cellars – a Cotes de Castillon with some age, drinking beautifully.
The Cotes de Castillon is the eastern flank of Saint-Emilion’s satellite appellations. The Dordogne river is its southern limit. The French King Charles VII was grateful for the support of Castillon, which, along with Fronsac, rallied to his side when he was trying to boot the English out of Bordeaux in the 1450s. Castillon was rewarded with his favour and was highly prized for following centuries. The blend is classic Right Bank – 85% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.
Our first batch of the mature, balanced 2002 sold out very quickly and the second (and last) has just arrived. Catch it while you can!
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