Chateau d'Aiguilhe 2016

Chateau d'Aiguilhe 2016

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Chateau d'Aiguilhe as been in existence since the 1700s. At that time, agriculture and farming were the main uses for the land. Winemaking began in 1920 when Etienne Martineau purchased the property and planted vines. During that time, the estate was known as la Fleur d'Aiguilhe. In 1898, Comte Stephan Von Neipperg purchased the property and renamed it to Chateau d'Aiguilhe. He has renovated the property and invested heavily in the wine making processes.

Although there is 140 hectares of land associated with the Chateau, only 90 hectares are planted. 80% is Merlot and 20% is Cabernet Franc. A biodynamic approach is used in the vineyard, so no herbicides, pesticides, or insecticides are used.
Wine Spectator: 92
Juicy loganberry and black currant fruit forms an inviting core, while light bay, tobacco and violet notes fill in around the fruit. Offers a fleshy edge but keeps an emphasis on cut and drive through the finish.
Wine Advocate: 92
The 2016 Chateau d'Aiguilhe is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc picked from 30 September until 18 October, matured in 30% new oak. It has a warm and sensual bouquet: small macerated black cherries, blueberry and sloes, a light floral tincture emerging with time. This has a little more strictness compared to the 2015 last year. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and good body. Sappy black fruit, a touch of spice towards the finish, and you have yourself a very fine Côtes de Castillon.
Decanter: 91
This takes its time to open in the glass, slowly revealing its flavours one at a time, starting with tight, dark-fleshed brambly fruits and chocolate. Polished, glossy and vibrant. Drinking Window 2023 - 2038
Vinous: 92
The 2016 d'Aiguilhe is gorgeous. A rush of cherry, red plum, espresso, sweet spice and flowers makes a strong first impression. Plump, juicy and beautifully resonant in the glass, the 2016 hits all the right notes. This succulent, inviting wine is a terrific effort from Stephan von Neipperg and his team. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 92
This is very precise with dark-berry, sandalwood and light chocolate character. Just a hint of sweet fruit and wet earth. Medium body, firm tannins and a pretty finish. Drinkable, but better in 2021.
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
The 2016 Château d'Aiguilhe checks in as 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc brought up in 30% new barrels before being bottled with no fining. As with the white, it has brilliant limestone character as well as vibrant strawberry and black raspberry fruits, hints of violets and flowers, background oak, and medium to full-bodied richness. It’s a balanced, high-quality 2016 well worth seeking out. Drink it over the coming 15 years or so.