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Review 2014 Clos les Lunelles Cote de Castillon Bordeaux 750ml

2014 Clos les Lunelles Cote de Castillon Bordeaux 750ml

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From the owners of Ch Pavie, Pavie Decesse, Bellevue Mondotte, and Monbousquet, this wine outperforms most of the classified growths in St Emilion. Rich and finessed, this is a wild value right bank Bordeaux!
About the Wine

Tasting Notes

Consisting of equal parts richness and delicacy because the limestone plateau of Saint Emilion of which Pavie is located extends into Castillon where this property sits. A ringer for a classified Saint Emilion, the wine is bursting with ripe berry and cherry liqueur. Though full bodied, a real freshness delineates the notes of sage, rich tobacco, asian sweet sauce, and boysenberry preserves. Quite exotic, this is a real knockout. The elegance coming from the limestone really comes through similarly to Pavie Decesse. Drink now through 2030+.

Appellation

Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

Location

Saint-Magne de Castillon

Area under vine

8,5 hectares

Grape varieties

80% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon

Geological characteristics

The Sainte Colombe plateau, the highest point in the Côtes de Castillon, is an extension of the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau, and shares the same essential characteristics. Clos Lunelles is just a few kilometers (as the crow flies) from Château Pavie.

Viticulture

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.

Vinification

The grapes are picked and sorted by hand, and alcoholic fermentation is triggered by indigenous yeast in temperature-controlled vats. The wine stays on the skins for 5 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Clos Lunelles is aged in new oak barrels for 18 to 24 months with racking avery 3 months. The final bend is made just before bottling, without fining or filtering.