I picked up Château De L’Estang Côtes de Castillon Bordeaux 2008 because it was an inexpensive ’08 Bordeaux that I considered worth the gamble that it would be a tasty glass. The 2008 vintage wasn’t a bad year in Bordeaux; it just was not the phenomenal 2009 or 2010 vintages that are swiftly being scooped up in every price range. The general consensus is that whilst the 2008 wines are not as powerful and have a more limited drinking window, they are still well structured with fresh fruit flavours and bright acidity. Château De L’Estang consists of 53 acres located in Saint Genes de Castillon on the Right Bank in Bordeaux. Occasionally with these smaller estates in lesser known appellations it is difficult to track vineyard and winery details; unfortunately the above is all I managed to find.
Dark cranberry-garnet in colour, after aerating aromas of sour cherry and toast rose from the glass. Tart cherry and pomegranate flavours were supported by earthy elements in the light to medium body. Slightly astringent green tea tannins gave way to white peppercorn and dark chocolate notes in the clean finish. Silky smooth, this becomes an easy drinking glass at the table good for slugging down with a meal.
72% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon
Côtes de Castillon/Bordeaux
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate