91 Insider Points
90 Points - James Suckling
90 Points - Tom Akins
If You Haven't Discovered Castillon, Here's the Perfect Opportunity.
Bordeaux, with all of its prestige and history, continues to wow audiences with new and exciting satellite appellations. The Cotes de Castillon is a stellar example, an area that I am proud to say I've had the privelege of working in. The vineyards of the area are slightly sloped on small rolling hills, packed with clay and loam, making for easy and exciting gems of wines.
Side note - I highly recommend reading Wine and War:The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Donald and Petie Kladstrup. A great pairing for this wine.
Dusty plum and dark chocolate nose. Medium bodied on the palate with black currant, wild field raspberry, black cherry, roasted chocolate and claystone minerality that paints a picture of the clay-based terroir, with smooth tannins throughout, leading into a medium finish. Excuse me while I sit back and reminisce on the summers of '11 and '12, those beautiful days in the fields of Castillon. 91 Points - JZ February '18
"A steely red with currant and berry character, plus hints of minerals. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Silky texture. Better in 2015."-James Suckling
"Proprietress Juliette Becot has produced a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc that again merits high marks for a value-priced offering in 2011. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by abundant quantities of dark berry fruit intermixed with hints of white chocolate, lead pencil shavings and vanillin. Medium-bodied with good juiciness, succulence, ripe tannin and a fleshy, opulent mouthfeel and finish, it is another big time sleeper of the vintage to enjoy over the next 7-8 years."-Wine Advocate
"Very fresh for the vintage, with rounded edges and easy, pure plum and blackberry fruit gliding along, backed by modest toast through the finish. A twinge of briar at the very end keeps this honest. Drink now through 2016. 5,000 cases made."- Wine Spectator
"Black core. Not very open but there's some dark chocolate and oak spice as well as dusty dark fruit. Firm grip but finely textured. Pure and clean and all in harmony. Powerful, dense and long with a nicely dry finish."- Jancis Robinson
"Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate, along with some strong oak tones. At once dense and nicely aromatic, showing good breadth for the year but also the tougher tannins that characterize so many 2011s. Finishes with good length, though."- Vinous
Sourced from the up-and-coming Côtes de Castillon, named for the town of Castillon la Bataille and the battle that brought an end to the Hundred Years War in 1453. Sourcing Manager Jonathan Zeiger has a special affinity for the wines of Castillon, having spent 2 summers of his early career working in the small vineyards of the area, which is now recognized as a Côtes de Bordeaux AOC.
It was this affinity with Castillon that made him gravitate toward this particular label from Château Joanin Bécot, a beautiful example of the Right Bank style.
Today, AOC Côtes de Castillon is one of the most fashionable of all the Bordeaux satellite appellations, with several prominent winemakers buying chateaux there.
From the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux:
After the 2000 vintage, Juliette Bécot and her father Gérard Bécot wanted to join forces to acquire a new family property. A new challenge for Gerard, and for his daughter Juliette, his first steps in this magical and exciting profession. The days and the seasons follow each other but are never alike.
It was by looking in the neighboring appellations of Saint-Emilion, a property offering great potential for the quality of its wines and terroirs, that they discovered Château Joanin in Saint-Philippe d'Aiguilhe. With the desire to personalize this vineyard, they wished to attach their family name. Thus, they gave life to this vintage, giving him a name and a surname: "Joanin Bécot".
Their main desire, through each vintage, is to preserve all the flavors and the charm of the fruit, while relying on the notion of terroirs, really seductive and promising in the appellation of "Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux".