Clos Les Lunelles Cotes-de-Castillon 2011

Clos Les Lunelles Cotes-de-Castillon 2011

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Visually, the wine is densely, intensely, very opaquely purple. The aromas explode with black fruit—black currant, cherries; rich, creamy, toasty notes of new wood are also present. In the mouth the texture is powerful and imposing…

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Source: 212, Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 30th Apr 2014 (RP-91+)

This 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the limestone soils of Castillon is owned by Gerard and Chantal Perse, who also own such properties as Pavie, Pavie-Decesse, Monbousquet and Bellevue-Mondotte. Usually the reference point for Castillon, the 2011 Clos Lunelles boasts an inky/purple color along with a liquid chalk-like character that offers tremendous minerality, a boatload of tannin, and super richness as well as extract. This full-bodied, backward, formidably endowed red clearly over-performs. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade. Amazingly long, rich and impressive, it is a major sleeper of the vintage.
Drink Date: 2016 - 2026

Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: February 18, 2014 (JS-90)

I am impressed with the balance and beauty of this wine. Full body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Plenty of mineral and berry character. Better in 2016.

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Appellation: Castillon - Cotes de Bordeaux
Location: Saint-Magne de Castillon
Area under vine: 8,5 hectares
Grape varieties: 80% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon
Annual production: 21 600 bottles
Geological characteristics: The Sainte Colombe plateau, the highest point in the Côtes de Castillon, is an extension of the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau, and shares the same essential characteristics. Clos Lunelles is just a few kilometers (as the crow flies) from Chateau Pavie.
Viticulture: Green harvesting, with an initial leaf thinning on the eastern side of the vines in late June and a second in mid-August on the western side.
Vinification
The grapes are picked and sorted by hand, and alcoholic fermentation is triggered by indigenous yeast in temperature-controlled vats. The wine stays on the skins for 5 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Clos Lunelles is aged in new oak barrels for 18 to 24 months with racking avery 3 months. The final bend is made just before bottling, without fining or filtering.

Tasting Notes:
Visually, the wine is densely, intensely, very opaquely purple. The aromas explode with black fruit—black currant, cherries; rich, creamy, toasty notes of new wood are also present. In the mouth the texture is powerful and imposing, with still-tight tannins that remain slightly dry but will improve with age. The wine is still firm, with a generous length which rounds out the finish. With aging, the wine should develop a full, rich style which may retain a somewhat edgy character.

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