Château Le Rey Argileuses Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2020
- Textured, savoury
As Saint-Émilion’s next door neighbour, Castillon offers value that is almost unparalleled in Bordeaux. Cheateau Le Rey sits on a continuation of the famed limestone-clay terroir, meaning the wines are able to put terroir expression first, and the hefty pricetag last. Les Argileuses is all about the purity of fruit, taking small parcels off the vine and handling them individually to draw out the full potential of each batch. Want to hear something truly unique about this wine? It sees no oak. It’s a bit of a rebelious child in that way. The choice has paid off with a strikingly fresh style, like eating juicy black fruits in summertime, a little bit of licorice and pretty florals. The merlot brings this sumptuous silkiness, while the cabernet franc endeavours to make it ever so slightly more serious. At the end of the day, you can be as serious about it as you like- we won’t judge.
“Sporting a deep purple-black colour, the 2020 Les Argileuses glides effortlessly from the glass with alluring notions of kirsch, black raspberries and boysenberries, plus suggestions of lavender, tilled soil and pencil lead. The medium-bodied palate is wonderfully elegant and refreshing, delivering finely knit red and black fruit layers with silt-like tannins, finishing long and mine- rally”
Full price $70.00 from the producer.
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Bordeaux is one of the oldest and most famous regions within France, known for both its Left Bank which produces more Cabernet Sauvignon based blends and its Right Bank which produces more Merlot based blends. Bordeaux is home to many of the worlds most expensive wines. The big guys on the left bank are Pauillac and Margaux and on the right you've got Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Not forgetting the whites and the sweet stuff though, Bordeaux also is known for producing dry whites in Pessac-Leognan and sweet wines in Sauternes. The most common grapes grown in Bordeaux are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.