Bordeaux is largest wine producing region in France with an annual production of 75 million cases. First growths (Premiers Crus in French) from prestigious wineries (Chateaux in French) such as Rothschild, Latour and Margaux are among the most expensive wines on the planet. But only 3% of Bordeaux wine is sold for more than $19.  So, “walk on by” expensive first growths and lots of good Bordeaux wine is reasonably  priced.Bordeaux_ChatMargaux_exteriorBordeaux wine estates are called Chateaux (Ch. Margaux image from Wikimedia.org)

Bordeaux includes much more than the familiar appellations of Margaux, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux is new appellation in 2009 as it consolidated 4 smaller appellations. Located adjacent to Saint-Emilion, the region is considered “Right-Bank” Bordeaux where Merlot is the dominant grape (“Left Bank” Bordeaux is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon).

Chateau d’Aiguilhe produces two “Right Bank” wines from the highly rated 2015 vintage.

Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2015 |
Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 20% | $19 |
Second label of Chateau d’Aiguilhe drinks best after 30-60 minute decanting.

Chateau d’ Aiguilhe Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2015 |
Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 15% | $34 |
Wine Spectator 92 rating says “A swath of toasty, singed vanilla starts off, quickly backed by waves of currant and plum preserves. As the flavors knit, a graphite spine emerges and drives the anise and apple wood—tinged finish. Let this settle in with a little cellaring. Very solid.”

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