Bordeaux, 2011. Chateau D'Aiguilhe Querre

Bordeaux, 2011. Chateau D'Aiguilhe Querre

Item #: B0218R1IF
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Bordeaux (Merlot/Cab Franc)
Vineyard/Appellation: Cotes De Castillon, France
Color: Medium Violet
Nose: Cranberry, Violets
Palate: Rich Plum
Finish: Engaging Cherry
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Red Meat, Game/Alcohol: 13.0%

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Chateau d'Aiguilhe Querre (pronounced "dah o GHEE CAIR") is on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, at the highest point of the "Cotes de Castillon" appellation. It's less than 10 kilometers from Saint-Emilion, one of the most revered appellations in Bordeaux. Like most of the ch?teaux here, it is primarily planted with Merlot. In this case 80%, with the balance being planted with Cabernet Franc.

The Querre family produced their first vintage from the chateau in 2000. They couldn't have picked a better time, as the vintage is considered one of the best.

The grapes for this selection were fermented and aged in small oak barrels, most of which are new. This accounts for the layers of flavors that this wine emits. Only wines of special character can blossom with that kind of oak treatment, and this one certainly does.

The soil on the estate is classic Bordeaux, with shale and limestone depositing the necessary minerals in the soil to grow the best grapes possible. Wine has been made in Castillon since the 13th century, but only recently has the area been recognized - mainly due to the efforts of growers like Querre who have made it their mission to tell the world that the quality here can rival anywhere.

This is a classic wine for the area, with engaging fruit and a luscious mid-palate. Merlot here is much bigger than what we see in California. Here, it's softened and expanded by the Cabernet Franc, which also adds a piquant, cranberry flavor.