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- A voluptuous red from a stunning Chateau
- Archetypal Saint-Emilion style
- Focused on fruit, elegance and supple character
Chateau Tourtirac Castillon - Cotes De Bordeaux 2015 x6
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80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
A hearty lamb casserole with plenty of rosemary.
Cherry-red in colour, tinged with ruby
A generous bouquet of red-fruits, bramble and warm leather.
Château Tourtirac is juicy and voluptuous. On the palate, extremely ripe fruit, followed by silky, integrated tannins define the wine, which is similar in style to Saint-Emilion. A supple, well-balanced wine.
In the hills of Gardegan-et-Tourtirac, finding the Château is no mean feat. A long, heavily shaded path protects it from prying eyes, and reaching the main entry is only possible after negotiating the dry moat carved from the rocks. And with breathtaking views over the region, it is not difficult to understand why invaders would think twice before launching an attack on the walls of this 13th century feudal residence. One event in history is responsible for the region's international renown: in 1453, the battle of Castillon put an end to the Hundred Years' War, just a few kilometres from the estate. Today the Château bears seemingly few scars of its former past. Its architectural splendour cannot fail to impress, and takes us on a journey through time, commencing in 1607 with an interior courtyard and trompe-l'oeil design, and completed in 1865 with its majestic round tower. There is nothing quite like it in the region, and its uniqueness makes it of major significance. Its owner, Olivier de Marcillac, reminds us that Tourtirac's Town Hall was once located in the Château's reception hall, before the district was absorbed by Gardegan, a neighbouring village. Tourtirac is more than just a wine - it is a place, a history, and an imposing tower, the standard bearer of the property. When Olivier de Marcillac's father took over the property in 1960, it was in a pitiful state. He set about breathing new life into the dormant estate, with a robust vineyard redevelopment programme and a new winery worthy of a great Castillon wine. The time had finally come for the Château to exploit its true potential: an extremely favourable position in the hills of Gardegan-et-Tourtirac, with several hectares of vines exposed on the slopes and soils adjoining Saint-Emilion, sharing the same limestone bedrock. In 2000, Olivier de Marcillac arrived. A professional winemaker,he decided to go to even greater lengths to manage the vineyard, matching grape varieties and rootstocks to the specific character of each plot. Harvesting was delayed as much as possible to ensure the grapes reached optimum ripeness. A new vibrating sorting table was introduced on entry to the winery to select only healthy and perfectly ripe grapes, free from unwanted plant matter. The geographical and geological similarities to Saint-Emilion, are now an accepted fact reflected in the style of the wines, which focus on fruit, elegance and supple character. Château Tourtirac exemplifies how the Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux appellation is more than capable of standing its ground compared to its illustrious neighbour. Similar in so many ways, it is no coincidence that several owners of Grand Cru properties in Saint-Emilion, including Gérard Perse (Château Pavie and Château Monbousquet) and Count Von Niepperg (Château La Mondotte and Canon La Gaffelière) have all invested in this region.
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