Stéphane Asséo, who also owns L’Aventure in Paso Robles, California, runs this estate as one of the star properties in Castillon. The wine is rich and plummy, with dense, soft fruit, dusty tannins, layers of new wood and ripe black fruits. Drink now, or keep for 2–3 years.
Dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Franc, typical of this region to the east of Saint-Emilion, this is a ripe, smooth wine, its tannins spread through the fresh red fruit flavors. There’s lively acidity here as well, a wine whose tannins promise aging.
A generous wine, but one with good backbone and structure. The black fruits are beginning to meld into the sweet tannins and flavors of black cherry compote and spices. It is approaching maturity, but could age another 2–3 years.
This is the Castillon wine from the Saint-Émilion estate of Faugères, which is split in half by commune boundaries. The same care goes into this great value wine as into the Saint-Émilion, and this is a fine wine, full of superripe fruit and blackberry flavors.
A wine that is now showing some maturity, the second wine of Château d’Aiguilhe is made by the same team as Château Canon la Gaffelière in Saint-Emilion. It has hints of spice and wood, with great acidity that shows further potential.
Showing some signs of mushroom-flavored maturity, this is still a finely structured wine. The fruit has turned into a more vegetal character with beetroot and firm tannins, spice and final acidity.
A ripe, smoky wine, full of sweet black currant fruits and stalky tannins. The wine is juicy, fruity, cut with acidity and with a dry core of tight tannins. It shows the beginnings of maturity.