Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
Adjacent and to the east of St Emilion, this small appellation of 1,800 ha takes its name from the small town of Castillon-la-Bataille, the site of a battle in 1453 that concluded the Hundred Years’ War and sent the English packing, bringing Aquitaine back under French rule.
AOC Castillon has been attracting the attention of savvy consumers for some time and is now firmly in the sights of wealthy local château owners who wish to invest the returns on their Grand Cru Classé holdings into land that will bear rich fruits – and we don’t mean just grapes. The wines are generally a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and can be as rich as St Emilion though rarely as fine. Like St Emilion, there are three distinct terroirs, the limestone plateau, the côteaux or hillside slopes, and the lower slopes that run flat to the Dordogne River. The first two are the more sought-after for their mineral elegance and their superior drainage.