Appellation: AOC Côtes de Castillon (Bordeaux region)


Grapes: Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (30%)


Farming: Organic and Biodynamic (not certified)


Aromatics: Blackberries, black plums, blackcurrants, mint and violet notes with a lovely earthiness and smokiness. A developed wine, still with plenty of freshness and vibrancy on the nose.


Palate: A rich and concentrated wine with good acidity and balanced structure. The tannins are fine and getting smoother with the age in bottle, making for a deliciously textured mouthfeel. Expect more blackberries and black cherries on the palate. This is an approachable Bordeaux full of charm, and it looks as good as some of the finest estates on the right bank.


About the wine: Low yield. Natural winemaking and gentle oak usage. A must try for those not yet convinced about Bordeaux.


When to drink: Now or 15 years after vintage.


Service: 16 degrees. Cabernet glass. Decant for 30 min to 1 hour.


Food match: Very versatile with food, this wine will be great with grilled red meat or a stew with vegetables and herbs.


The Wine Advocate, Robert Park: 90/100

Jancis Robinson: 16.5/10

2008 Domaine de l'A, AOC Bordeaux Côtes de Castillon