Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon is the appellation title for Cotes de Bordeaux wines made specifically in the Castillon district, at the very eastern edge of Bordeaux. Until 2009, these wines were sold as Cotes de Castillon.
All Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon wines are red, made predominantly from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with a permitted addition of Malbec, Petit Verdot and even Carmenere. Merlot is the main variety, producing relatively well-structured wines that are approachable at an early age.
The Cotes de Bordeaux appellation was created in 2009 to bring together several cotes of Bordeaux under a single banner - the idea being to improve the marketability of the wines in question and simplify the overall Bordelais appellation structure. Individually, these appellations were struggling to find sufficient marketing resources to combat the increasing popularity of Bordeaux-style wines from emerging wine regions, particularly in the New World.
Very ripe, with saturated cassis, blackberry and boysenberry pate de fruit flavors that are racy and distinctive, thanks to fresh acidity and sleek tannins. The long finish has nice density.