2008 Chateau d' Aiguilhe

Year: 2008
Appellation: Cotes de Castillon
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88-91
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
Jeff Leve: 91
Red Wine
Price :

"Very ripe and floral, with mineral and fresh herb. Medium- to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Impressive as always for the price and the vintage." (WS)

"2008: Unquestionably a sleeper of the vintage, the opaque plum/ruby/purple-tinged 2008 d’Aiguilhe reveals abundant notes of licorice, fruitcake, black currants and kirsch, sweet tannin, a round, generous texture and impressive purity as well as length. It should be enjoyed over the next 6-8 years." (WA)

"Full, saturated medium ruby. Brooding aromas of crushed blackberry, kirsch, violet and licorice. Sweet on entry, then concentrated and lively, with ripe, integrated acidity framing the crushed black fruit flavors. This fruit bomb really spreads out to saturate the palate. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and lovely energy. Its slightly high-toned quality gives it immediate appeal and lift, but it also has the balance to offer pleasure over the next seven or eight years. An outperformer in this vintage." (VM)

"2008 D’Aiguilhe offers a perfume of licorice, oak, minerals, blackberry and coffee scents. Full bodied and concentrated, this ripe and round textured wine was bottled in June. 91 Pts" (JL)


When I first tried this wine with dinner, I thought it had an appealing dark fruit character but lacked sufficient heft and staying power. However, after a span of over an hour it opened up revealing a further dimension of flavor and a wine well worth its $23.95 bargain price (regular cost is around $28 to $30).

The color is a dark deep purple, with aromas and tastes of fresh berries, dark cherries and licorice along with hints of fresh herbs and earthy wild mushrooms and vanilla oak. There is also enough tannin to give this medium-bodied red an additional appealing backbone. The wine will improve for another two to maybe 3 years and keep well throughout the decade.

The region of Cotes de Castillion adjoins the eastern border of St. Emilion. In fact, the current owner of this Chateau is the highly respected Comtes (Count) von Neipperg who owns several St. Emilion vineyards including Canon la Gaffeliere. Ch. D’Aiguilhe covers around 85 acres, producing 20,000 cases a year. The cepage is 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Though the Chateau (Castle) itself is an overgrown ruin, the cellars have the most up to date equipment, thanks to the previous owners who were from Spain and bought the Chateau in the late 1980’s.


PRICE: WAS $23.95, ***bargain NOW $34.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)