Chateau de Belcier Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011
If you’re a fan of finding great wine at the right price, the Chairman has just the deal for you. Chateau de Belcier Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011, available in PA for $15.99, is an excellent representation of Bordeaux’s newest appellation. Located along a sunny stretch of the Gironde River on the northeastern edge of France’s most celebrated wine region, Côtes de Bordeaux has evolved as a steady producer of quality wines at affordable prices.
Predominantly comprised of Merlot, the area’s most plentiful grape, with a balance of Cab Franc and a smaller dose of Malbec, this expressive blend offers up aromas of hearty, black fruit and horse-stable ripeness – think mix of hay and half-gnawed, sweetly decaying apples.
Its big body, full of anise, earth, blackcurrant and blackberry, is supported by a firm tannic platform and impressive acidity. The effects of barrel aging (six to 10 months in oak) is present but effortlessly finessed by the wine’s balanced makeup. The most notable characteristic is a seamless and forgiving transition from chewy tannins to expansive fruit.
This is one to drink now with an hour-plus decant (and a plate of medium-rare beast) or shelve for the medium term. It has the stuffing that will allow for at least five years of maturing.
We suggest moving quickly on this extraordinary value BDX, ideal for gifting or personal reward.