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Château d'Aiguilhe

AOC Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Canon La Gaffelière

Presentation

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.

Formerly the heart of a fortified farm, the château dates from the 13th century. Everything leads us to believe that the Aiguilhe seigneury was vast, with several large fiefs. Located on the frontier between areas occupied by the French and English during the Hundred Years' War, the château had a major strategic role and changed allegiance regularly according to the political tendencies of the seigneur... Later on, the château belonged to the Albret family, then the Leberthons, who contributed several members of the Bordeaux parliament. Before emigrating on the eve of the French Revolution, the Leberthons sold the estate to a certain Etienne Martineau, who transformed it into a huge 400-hectare farm in a single block that stayed in his family until 1920.

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.

Château d'Aiguilhe produces also a fruity and quaffable second wine, known as "Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe", and since 2015 a 100% Sauvignon Blanc called "Le Blanc d'Aiguilhe".

Bouteille

The wine

Combining power and freshness, the wines of Château d’Aiguilhe succeed in expressing the terroir's strong personality, and show very well after 5 years in bottle.

The vineyard

  • Terroir: Clay-limestone.
  • Area under vine: 50 ha (123,5 acres)
  • Grape varieties: 80 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Franc
  • Average age of the vines: 28 years

 

Other wines


  • Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe, AOC Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux
  • Le Blanc d'Aiguilhe, AOC Bordeaux Blanc

Production

  • 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.
  • Duration of barrel ageing: 15 to 18 months.
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Vintages

Bouteille millésime 2015

2015

Harvest dates
23/09 to 08/10/2015
Yield
30 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (30%) on the lees for 14 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in March 2017 (27/03 to 29/03)
Blending
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14,5%

Bouteille millésime 2014

2014

Harvest dates
03/10 to 13/10/2014
Yield
35 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (30%) on the lees for 14 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in March 2016 (21/03 to 24/03)
Blending
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2013

2013

Harvest dates
27/09 to 09/10/2013
Yield
10 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 20 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (40%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in March 2015 (02/03 to 05/03)
Blending
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2012

2012

Harvest dates
09/10 to 21/10/2012
Yield
25 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (50%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in March 2014 (10/03 to 18/03)
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14.5%

Bouteille millésime 2011

2011

Harvest dates
15/09 to 30/09/2011
Yield
30 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 25 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (45%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2013 (11/06 to 14/06)
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2010

2010

Harvest dates
01/10 to 22/10/2010
Yield
32 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 25 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (50%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2012
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
15%

Bouteille millésime 2009

2009

Harvest dates
01/10 to 14/10/2009
Yield
26 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 25 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (45%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2011
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14.5%

Bouteille millésime 2008

2008

Harvest dates
09/10 to 21/10/2008
Yield
34 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (50%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2010
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2007

2007

Harvest dates
08/10 to 22/10/2007
Yield
35 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (50%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2009
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2006

2006

Harvest dates
20/09 to 04/10/2006
Yield
34 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 24 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (55%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2008
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2005

2005

Harvest dates
23/09 to 11/10/2005
Yield
32 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (55%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2007
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14.5%

Bouteille millésime 2004

2004

Harvest dates
30/09 to 17/10/2004
Yield
45 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (60%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2006
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 2003

2003

Harvest dates
26/09 to 05/10/2003
Yield
28 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 26 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (55%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2005
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2002

2002

Harvest dates
02/10 to 11/10/2002
Yield
22 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 26 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (60%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2004
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2001

2001

Harvest dates
01/10 to 09/10/2001
Yield
35 hl/ha
Winemaking
in stainless steel vats for 28 days. Extraction by pumping-over
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2003
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
14%

Bouteille millésime 2000

2000

Harvest dates
03/10 to 09/10/2000
Yield
42 hl/ha
Winemaking
in stainless steel vats for 25 days. Extraction by pumping-over
Ageing
in new oak barrels (100%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2002
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Bouteille millésime 1999

1999

Harvest dates
23/09 to 03/10/1999
Yield
45 hl/ha
Winemaking
in stainless steel vats for 28 days. Extraction by pumping-over
Ageing
in new oak barrels (100%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2001
Blending
80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13%