Wine has been made at Chateau Castera since the 14th century making it one of the oldest chateaux in Bordeaux and located in one of Bordeaux's most prestigious regions, the Medoc. Most of the grand chateaux in this region are within a mile or two of each other, where the location is everything.
Like many chateaux, Castera has had its ups and downs. Beginning with the downturn in the economy in the middle of the 19th century. And up to the devastating effects of phylloxera in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Phylloxera is a plant louse that attacks the root of the vine. It eats its way up from the bottom until there is nothing left. Fortunately, it has been contained, but only at the expense of losing almost every vineyard in Europe. The solution was to replant with phylloxera-resistant vines.
It wasn't until 1970 when esteemed wine writer and negociant, Alexis Lichine, took over the chateaux and elevated it to its exalted position today. Improvements were made until it was sold to the Press family in 1986 and has now become one of the pre-eminent properties in Bordeaux.
Our selection is a blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% each of Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The vintage was later than usual and allowed grapes to attain deep color and vibrant flavors. The result is a classic wine of bright plum and cassis along with silky tannins to enhance a pork loin with sage and mustard.