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2014

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The event that marked minds in Castéra on the night of 8 and 9 June 2014 was a hail storm
that destroyed a third of our vineyards. The plots that escaped this cataclysm provided
blossoms during the last days of May. Development was delayed by seasonally cool weather
in July and August, with some rainfall. The exceptionally hot, dry and sunny month of
September made up for the late start to 2014. A summery hot, bright and almost rain-free
month of October provided the finishing touches. As a result, the mixed weather conditions
present until the end of August will not allow 2014 to be one of the greatest red Bordeaux
vintages, but it can still be classed as a high-quality vintage. September and October saved
the vintage more than we could ever have hoped thanks to very beautiful Cabernets.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Despite a mediocre month of August, a hot, dry and bright September in 2014 provided one
of the factors that contributes to a great red vintage: a full ripening of the different varieties
of grape. In addition, summer extended further into autumn with an exceptional month of
October, enabling the cabernets to fully ripen. The merlots resisted well thanks to the clay-
limestone soils providing them with water during the dry pre-harvesting period.

TASTING NOTES

Strong garnet colour, red disk. Smoky and toasty notes dominate the nose evolving towards
small red fruit, especially kirsch cherries. A sound body structured by well-balanced, full and
very fleshly tannins. Aromas of cherry and small bramble fruit. The finish provides a lovely
freshness that gives an airy quality to the wine.
It is a very pleasant wine dominated by fruit and freshness.

HARVEST DATES

29 September – 17 October

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2013

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

A combination of three factors made 2013 an unsuccessful year for producing a vintage red:
a damp spring leading to late blossoming and widespread flower abortion; violent
thunderstorms at the end of July and start of August preventing the stop of berry growth
before ripening; and wet and mild weather in September and October. This said, the cool
nights alternating with hot days at the end of the summer did enable grapes to redden
sufficiently. As a result, it was possible to produce colourful and fruity wines by applying the
following rules: careful selection of suitable terroirs, meticulous work on the vines during the
growing period, relatively low yields, very carefully sorted healthy grapes, quick harvesting
and precise vinification. The weather may have ruled out the possibility of producing a great
vintage year, but on certain terroirs, a mix of common sense and expertise still enabled us to
produce small quantities of pleasant red wines usually appreciated by Medoc enthusiasts.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Predicting the future taste of a young red wine is a risky business, especially when the
harvesting season is late. It was all too clear that the weather conditions in 2013 would not
produce a great vintage. However, thanks to a very sunny and hot summer, we were able to
produce small quantities of a very pleasant, modestly coloured and charming wine, with soft
tannins and a freshness enjoyed by Bordeaux enthusiasts.

TASTING NOTES

Lovely raspberry colour with deep purple tints. The nose evokes red and dark fruit (fresh
blackcurrants) with a delicate hint of woodiness and vanilla. Agitation releases a lovely fresh
mentholated and peppery aroma. The attack is supple and crispy leading to an ample mid-
palate. Fine and pleasant tannins. The overall effect is one of immediate pleasure.

HARVEST DATES

2 October – 15 October

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2012

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

December was mild and rainy whereas the beginning of the New Year 2012 was dry
and cold. February was particularly cold with an average temperature of 5°C below to
the normal. In the middle and in the end of March, there were fresh episodes but still
without rain. Few weeks later, the spring becomes rainy which slow down the vine
growth, the first flowers appeared later in May. However, August was dry and warm,
the vine catch up on their late start to the season. The weather conditions go on during
all September which are favourable to the ripening of the grapes. This year finished by
a rainy autumn which conducted to a quick harvest. Despite all that, the harvest went
well, the 2012 vintage had a limited production but of good quality.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Merlots planted on the clay limestone soil were successful. They are coloured, fruity,
concentrated and suave. Their roles have been determinant as for the cabernet franc.
Cabernet sauvignon grapes were a bit late concerning their ripening. However, those
planted on the Ordonnac terroir, had good quality despite the summer drought.
Finally, Petit verdot grapes gave good results.

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful garnet-red colour with cherry tint. Brilliant and limpid.
Nose is neat with a good intensity. Very fresh, red fruits, spices and fresh almond. A
nice touch of undergrowth.
The attack is supple evolving towards a pleasant tannic structure. It is a hearty, round
wine.
The final is long with cherry and mint aromas.
It is a very pleasant wine dominated by fruit and freshness.

HARVEST DATES

8 October 18 October

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Bettane + Desseauve 2015

89/100 – Gilbert & Gaillard

Lovely bold colour with ruby reflects. Appealing nose which combines fruity and wooden notes. Gentle structure with fresh tannins in the mouth. The finish stays fruity and very tonic. A vintage in the prime of it’s life.

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2011

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The winter 2011 was marked by a rain deficit (150mm relatively to the last 30 years)
and by a stronger cold (-3°C on average). The spring 2011 was exceptionally mild
especially in April which enabled a quick and early growth of the leaves (10 days before
in comparison with 2010). The blossoming period and the berry setting happened very
well and quickly with a very dry climate. This water deficit almost started a drought.
The earliness of the vegetative cycle made the red grapes appear at the end of July, a
month before it happened in 2010. July had a lot more rain than usual and cold
temperatures (19°C on average).This climate slowed down the appearance of the red
grapes, all our grapes were red by the end of August which was early, but enabled to
compensate for the lack of rain during Spring.However the sunny weather came back in
September, enabling the harvest of each plot at its maximum maturity, 10 to 15 days in
advance on average.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

The September climate enabled us to get very satisfactory technological, phenological
and tasty maturities. The vinifications echoed this balance and expressed fully the
quality of the terroir.

TASTING NOTES

The 2011 vintage has got a beautiful dark purple colour, marked by red and black fruits
aromas along with toasted notes. In mouth, the attack is rich and well balanced.
Powerful silky tannins can be felt at the end. The structure of this wine will enable it to
keep its balance throughout time and will reveal its refinement and its elegance.

HARVEST DATES

15 September – 29 September

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Decanter Commended 2014

SWA 2016

Winner of the ʺCoupe des Crus Bourgeoisʺ, 2014.

14/20 – Bettane et Desseauve

Full-bodied wine, with powerful tannins but with the necessary suppleness. Classical style.

14,5/20 – Gault & Millau

This Cru Bourgeois brings along all the best qualities of this wonderful vintage. The nose is suffused by red fruits. A soft texture stabilises the ensemble with a sufficient range of tannins. The finish convinces with a note of violets.

15,5/20 – Le Point

Pure fruit, delicious, smooth, peppery, bloomy, delicate with subtle tannins, powdery, harmonic, complete.

88/100 – Gilbert & Gaillard

Frank red colour. Ripe, delicious smell like chopped fruits. Melting texture with elegant aromas. A full-bodied unity with a firm finish. A nice composition, which can continue it’s journey for a while.

90/100 – Wine Enthusiast

Plummy, rich character with a nice tannic structure spreading over the aromas of currents. Wine with a good potential. Enjoy from now on just until 2018.

87,5/100 – Tasted 100% Blend

Intensive, purple colour. Nose is offering the smell of green wood with smoky aromas. Red and dark fruits mingle with spicy notes. Nice volume in the mouth with round tannins and a vivid freshness. Plummy and cassis-like. Lovely length with a pleasant finish.

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2010

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

Marked by three cold snaps, one in mid-December, one in early January and one in
mid-February, the winter of 2010 was as grey, long and harsh as that of 2009. Between
March and May temperatures never once rose above the seasonal average, leading to a
slight delay in the budburst. The return of fine weather in June encouraged a fairly
rapid flowering process followed by satisfactory berry-set. July was hot. The
colour-change started around the 10 th of August and the ripening process was ideal
for all the grape varieties thanks to the exceptionally dry months of August and
September. 2010 was actually the driest year of the decade, with the rainfall average
barely rising above 50 mm. The ideal harvesting conditions from start to finish allowed
us to pick each grape in each plot at optimum ripeness.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

The dry, sunny weather and cool nights favoured phenolic maturity. We had to wait for
exactly the right time to bridge the gap between grape ripeness and skin ripeness. The
2010 is one of the biggest successes of Château Castera. Its deep colour, complex
aromas and intense fruit all make it one of the estate’s spearhead vintages.

TASTING NOTES

With its beautiful deep crimson colour, this wine releases aromas of cassis and violets
along with scents of toast and vanilla. On the palate the attack is fleshy and supple,
giving way to a dense, well-structured middle palate. The elegant, long-lasting finish is
enhanced by beautifully mellow mature notes. Thanks to the power and complexity of
this wine it has great ageing potential, while its finesse will allow you to open it now if
you wish.

HARVEST DATES

September 30 th – October 18 th

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Guide Hachette des Vins – 2014

Welcoming with a lucid ruby colour, he catches ones attention with a well-balanced bouquet of fruity and smoky flavours. The seductive and delicate opening is wide-ranging and accompanied by melting tannins and ends in a nice spicy finish. True harmonic Medoc, recommended to drink between 2015 and 2016 with duck confit and turnips.

89/100 Robert Parker – eRobertParker.com

Bold colour for quite a young wine. Elegant bouquet of black fruits emphasized by smoky notes. Lovely texture with melting tannins joining to an elegant unity. Typical liquorice finish reveals its origin.

88/100 Tasted 100% Blind

Sober ruby colour. Ripe aromas, delicate wooden touch, plummy with notes of cassis and spices. Good concentration of fruits in taste, some herbal notes, round and long-lasting tannins. Despite of its youth it carries an interesting potential. MDM: Purple colour with violet reflects. A discreet smell with a subtle fruit. A mellow taste but nevertheless well structured.

88/100 Gilbert & Gaillard

Bold shinny garnet. Elegant and flamboyant smell of united red and black currant. Polished body, very silky and fresh. The former fruit will now be supported by a liquorice touch. A harmonic vintage.

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2009

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

Following one of the harshest winters of the last twenty years, the start of 2009 will
always be remembered for the devastating storm which struck on January 24 th. No less
important was the cold snap in early January which saw night-time temperatures plunge
below -10°C. It was late February before calm, sunny conditions returned. The buds
appeared in late March/early April, following a relatively dry March. April was very
changeable, with a good deal of rain. May, on the other hand, was positively summery,
with the last two weeks seeing high temperatures and frequent storms.
June provided perfect conditions for the flowering process, which began at Castera in
the second week of the month.
The summer turned out to be splendid, with warm temperatures but no heat wave, and
very few storms. The lack of rain slowed down vine growth a little in late July, with the
grapes beginning to ripen in mid-August.
The summer continued throughout September and into October: sunshine, warmth
and a lack of rain allowed the fruit to reach peak maturity.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

The dry, sunny conditions and cool nights gave the grapes time to ripen slowly and
steadily. The skin and flesh of the fruit arrived at full phenolic maturity with no
problems. Alcoholic fermentation was fairly brief, yielding a wine with a relatively high
alcohol content of 13.5%.
2009 is an exceptional vintage remarkable for its aromatic balance and power.

TASTING NOTES

A beautiful ruby colour with flashes of light.
Complex nose of dark fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry) and cherry. Some fruit jam notes
accented by sweet spices (cinnamon, vanilla) and a touch of coffee.
The attack is supple and warm, striking a good balance between power and freshness.
The cinnamon and dark cherry combine and reveal tannins which are smooth, powerful
and wonderfully mature.
The overall effect is one of great harmony, with a long finish which suggests a very
bright future.

HARVEST DATES

September 28 th – October 15 th

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14/20 Bettane + Desseauve

In 1983 two wine-lovers named Dieter Tondera and Carl E. Press took over the former property of Alexis Lichine and started colossal work in the vineyards and in the wine cellar. No corner where the shovel did not came around ! The wine is showing a great classicism with a tonic style. His bouquet is toasty, the mouth fruity and fleshy with vivid and chewy tannins. Peak between 2015 and 2019.

15/20 Le Figaro Vin

A dense wine, straight, austerely with a lovely length, fruit and a nice concentration.

89/100 Gilbert & Gaillard

Bold colour, despite of its age. Elegant bouquet of black fruits emphasized by smokey notes. Wonderful texture in the mouth with melting tannins. An elegant whole. Characteristical liquorice notes in the finish revealing its terroir.

87/100 Robert Parker – eRobertParker.com © The Wine Advocate

An excellent Cru Bourgeois based on 65% Merlot and 25%Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicate and seductive wine with soft fruit flavours. The nose is headed by the currant and red fruits with notes of tobacco leaves and stones.

International Wine Challenge

The classical aromas of the Medoc: minerality and ripe black fruits. Complex structure. A smooth finish leading to a lovely aging.

Jancis Robinson

Dark, nuanced ruby. Very opulent and ripe. This is surely at its peak with no more tannin to give and lots of velvet texture and ripe fruit… Very gorgeous.

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2008

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

Like 2007, the year 2008 saw a mild winter. January and February were particularly
clement, with very little rainfall. March, on the other hand, was cool and wet, delaying
the budding of the vines.
With a springtime marked by fluctuating temperatures and precipitation, the reduced
temperatures slowed down vine growth and flowering, which did not finish until late
June. A cool spell in July and higher-than-average temperatures in August allowed the
fruit to make up for this slow start. September saw some rainy days, but nothing to
tarnish the quality of this excellent vintage.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

September’s changeable conditions, and the low yields caused by warm days and cold
nights during the harvest period, combined to produce a wine with a strong colour and
vibrant fruit, with a tannic structure worthy of a great vintage.

TASTING NOTES

With its intense ruby-red colour, the 2008 boasts a crisp, sparkling robe. The nose is
bursting with fresh red fruit. Agitation reveals some enticing spices, with notes of
vanilla and cinnamon.
The opening is fresh and aromatic, fleshed out by fine, silky tannins. The 2008 boasts a
superb balance of flavour and a great tannic structure. The second nose brings hints of
undergrowth and a more pronounced blend of spices.
The finish is very long, with a hint of woodiness. A very well constructed vintage,
which may surprise some people. Ready to drink now.

HARVEST DATES

October 6 th – October 18 th

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Médaille d’argent

Decanter WWA, 2011

Médaille de bronze

Élu Coup de Cœur Belgique, 2014

87/100 – Gilbert & Gaillard

Garnet colour, still young. Nos full of fruit evoking little red berries. Nicely structured with honest tannins and ripe aromas. Elegant and persistent. A chewy Medoc, very pleasant.

Le Guide Hachette des Vins

Admitted that the name „chateau“ is quiet a bit strained, here it lives up to its reputation . Concerning the wine, it shows its personality by a lovely ruby colour, before it delivers its aromas of underwood and jammy red fruits. Smooth and fruity, with a facilitating opening, it needs two or three years more of patience before opening the bottle to a calf’s liver à la Venice.

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2007

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

Unlike the previous year, 2007 saw a mild winter, although March was rather chilly.
The buds were not particularly early in appearing. April was exceptionally warm (with
temperatures sometimes reaching 30°C), leading us to fear a repeat of 2003. Which was
not the case.
Flowering began in late May and lasted for two weeks on account of the unstable
weather conditions, leading to some waste and a good deal of mildew. We devoted
much care and attention to tending the vines in this period.
The fruit began to ripen in August, and proceeded fairly smoothly since September saw
a belated spell of fine weather. October proved to be very dry, limiting the spread of
botrytis and allowing the fruit to reach the maturity required to produce a solid vintage.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

2007 will be remembered as a difficult year. Complicated conditions like this mean
reduced yields, and thus more concentrated wines. This was certainly the case at
Château Castera.

TASTING NOTES

The 2007 boasts a fine, vibrant red colour, crisp and sparkling.
The nose is fairly intense, with red fruits and wild black berries (raspberry, blackberry,
blackcurrant). With agitation, some floral hints emerge (violet) and eventually give way
to sweet spices (vanilla, cinnamon). The finish brings with it some subtle mineral (flint)
and vegetal (undergrowth) notes.
The fresh, aromatic opening sees the Merlot in fine form, while the fine, silky tannins
provide a good structure. The overall balance of flavour is good, and the lengthy, lightly
woody finish adds a touch of distinction.

HARVEST DATES

September 26 th – October 13 th

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Médaille de bronze

Decanter Commended, 2010

Gault & Millau

Tasted and approved.

Complex bouquet of cherries, raspberries, red and black currant, notes of underwood, dry fruits and spices. Mouth: admirable tannic structure, roundness, force and gently balanced. Long-lasting, spicy finish.

87/100 – Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard

Red colour, young, lightly bold. Mixed smell of red and black fruits, vegetal and a bit smoky. Wide-ranging in the mouth, supple the fruit gets charged with spicy notes. Pleasant Medoc, which backs on expression and harmony .

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2006

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The winter of 2006 saw significant rainfall, topping up the water table after the dryness
of 2005. The end of the winter was cool, with numerous frosts.
The storms of May brought even more water, but a dry and warm June balanced this
out. With temperatures slightly higher than the average for the last decade, the vines
quickly made up for the slow start to the year with a rapid, problem-free flowering.
Good conditions in July sped up the ripening process, which was well ahead of
schedule, but a less generous August meant we were obliged to thin out the bunches
and discard the grapes which were lagging behind. A warm and dry September, much
like June, allowed the remaining fruit to ripen nicely. The Merlots planted in the clay
plots and the Cabernets rooted in the Pyrénées gravel weathered these changeable
conditions with aplomb.

TASTING NOTES

Deep scarlet in colour with flashes of purple, Castera 2006 boasts a crisp, sparkling
robe.
The nose is dominated by ripe red fruit (cherry, redcurrant, blackcurrant), building
slowly with mineral nuances and sweet spices (liquorice, cinnamon) with just a hint of
smokiness.
The overall balance of flavour is good, and the finish is long, fruit and consistent,
concluding with a pleasant touch of vanilla.

HARVEST DATES

September 21 st – October 5 th

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Andreas Larsson World’s Best Sommelier 2007

Fine nose composed by sugary aromas and notes of currant and plumes with a spicy finish. Round and full in taste, just what you need, nice tannic structure. Enjoy immediately or in a short while.

Guide Hachette des Vins – 2010

Ordered from a nice domicile surrounded by centuries-old trees, this vineyard shows a perfect diversity concerning its population of grapes. A shiny ruby-red preludes to the wedding of fruity (currant, strawberry, raspberry), wooden (toasty) and spicy notes. Nowhere near its retirement age, it offers a soft palate, nicely balanced, which doesn’t run out of arguments to seduce us. Starting with delicious tannins and a creamy flesh.

Decanter Commended

2010

87/100 – Gilbert & Gaillard

Lovely, vivid red. Moderately concentrated. Typical bouquet of black fruits and spices. Supple mouth, liquescent, harmonic. A modern Medoc promoting its fruity side.

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2005

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The winter was cold and long, delaying the start of the vines’ growth cycle.
The fair weather came on quickly, and the dry spring allowed for a very quick flowering
phase. With ample sunshine, the vines soon made up for the slow start to the season.
July and August were warm and sunny, with cool nights conducive to a uniform
ripening across all varieties.
September kept up the trend of good weather, allowing the grapes to reach peak
maturity.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

With wonderfully ripe fruit, this was the most stress-free harvest we had seen for many
years. The conditions were just right for us to produce of superb quality, with the
potential to age very well indeed.

TASTING NOTES

With its vibrant, garnet robe the 2005 is clear and luminous.
The nose leads with spices, a delicate woodiness and some lightly roasted notes. Upon
agitation, hints of almond and cherry reveal themselves.
The attack is fresh but nonetheless supple, round and powerful, with a fine tannic
structure maintaining the overall sense of balance.
The finish is remarkably long, making this a truly distinguished vintage.

HARVEST DATES

September 23 rd – October 11 th

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2008

89/100 – Gilbert & Gaillard

Sufficient bold, purple colour. Fin bouquet reminding of black fruits and wooden notes. Fruity in the mouth, supple texture, intensively aromatic. A complex wine, crunchy fruit. In the finish spicy and very pleasant.

88/100 – Wine Spectator

This chateau posses a chapel dating back to the 19th century. You definitely have to pay a visit before discovering this 2005 arose from a divers blending, dominated by merlot (62 %) and wherein you can find a touch of petit verdot (4 %). The maturation – performed with masterly skills –provides spaces to the ripe fruits, which brings nice tannins to the palate, which are supporting unexcitedly the fleshy, delicious texture. A pleasurably Medoc… approximately now.

Andreas Larsson Meilleur Sommelier du Monde 2007

Nice smell of well-riped black fruits (black currant and plum) followed by a nice vanilla touch and accompanied by delicate wooden notes. Lovely balanced in the mouth with a nice opening and a good tannic structure as well as an outstanding length. Very enjoyable to drink and frankly well made, good cost effectiveness.

Guide Hachette des Vins

This chateau posses a chapel dating back to the 19th century. You definitely have to pay a visit before discovering this 2005 arose from a divers blending, dominated by merlot (62 %) and wherein you can find a touch of petit verdot (4 %). The maturation – performed with masterly skills –provides spaces to the ripe fruits, which brings nice tannins to the palate, which are supporting unexcitedly the fleshy, delicious texture. A pleasurably Medoc… approximately now.

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2004

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

After the heat wave of 2003, the winter was very cold but reasonably dry. The buds
made their appearance relatively early, in the first weeks of April, but development was
hampered somewhat by a cold, rainy spring. In May, temperatures recovered but the
rain stuck around. Despite a warm, dry June, the summer was unspectacular, with
temperatures peaking in late July/early August. Fine weather in September and October
allowed us to harvest fruit which was healthy and well-balanced, promising a very good
wine.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Despite very rapid alcoholic fermentation, the vinification process did not throw up any
major problems. The resulting wine was colourful and fleshy, with a certain liveliness
and plenty of freshness. Acidity was higher than the 2003 levels, an indication of
longevity which makes us confident that the Castera 2004 will age well.

TASTING NOTES

Scarlet colour with light flashes. The nose is packed with preserved fruit aromas, with
some animal notes and hints of the undergrowth. The second nose brings with it a
slight woodiness.
The attack is pleasant and well-rounded, leading to a silky-smooth mid-palate.
The flavour expands to encompass the blackcurrant leaf notes so typical of this vintage.
The overall balance is good, with an impressive mineral depth in the finish.
Very fresh.

HARVEST DATES

October 1 st – October 20 th

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Vinalies 2007 – Prix d’Excellence

Darkish garnet colour with tile-red reflects. Strong, intensive smell. Introduced by blond tobacco and fruity notes as well as those of brandied fruits. The supple and round taste delivers tenderly melting tannins. Warm harmonic ensemble best companion of red meat in gravy or game.

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2003

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The year 2003 will always be remembered for the summer heat wave, just as 1956 was
the year of winter frosts and 1991 the year of frosts in the springtime.
The first two months of the year were cold, but the spring was very mild with a good
deal of rain at the beginning of April. The conditions were perfect for early budbreak
and strong growth. The relatively long and non-uniform flowering period was the
result of warm temperatures and some stormy weather in June. The summer was very
warm, with temperatures reaching 40°C on several occasions. The result was a fairly
limited yield for this vintage.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

For a number of plots, the lack of water slowed down the ripening process. Thankfully,
the vines planted in our clay-limestone plots reacted very well. The subsequent harvest
was fairly small, and the high temperatures meant we had to treat the fruit with great
care.

TASTING NOTES

With its deep scarlet colour, the 2003 is clear and intense. The bouquet is toasted,
fruity, roasted, powerful and warm. The first nose is dominated by notes of fruit
preserves (blackberries and raspberries), accented by light woody notes.
On the palate the ripe red fruits make their comeback, and the overall effect is one of
great freshness and aromatic persistence. The 2003 is full-bodied, with an excellent
balance of fruit and woodiness.

HARVEST DATES

September 12 th – September 26 th

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2007

Guide Hachette des Vins – 2007

Due to his age the ancient chateau looks back to illustrious owners as Etienne de La Boétie and Thomas de Montaigne, the philosopher’s brother. The 2003 is of a garnet or ruby colour with a bouquet at first toasty, then characterized by ripe fruits. Supple and well-balanced, the ensemble offers a nice structure and a perfect fusion of fruit and wood.

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2002

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The winter months of October to March were dry. The mild start to the year meant
budbreak came fairly early. However flowering was disturbed somewhat by the rainy
spells we saw in May, which caused flower damage in some plots.
The fairly dull summer meant the fruit matured later than usual, although any delay
was compensated by the warmth, dryness and plentiful sunshine seen in September.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

The grapes presented higher levels of acidity than we had seen in recent years. We used
gentle extraction methods to produce a vintage of great freshness, balance and
harmony.

TASTING NOTES

The wine is a well-developed cherry-red colour, clear and reflective. The nose is intense
and very fruity (red berries), accented with peppery spices. Upon swirling in the glass,
subtle undergrowth aromas appear. The attack is supple and smooth, with a
well-balanced framework provided by the warm, tender tannins.
The finish is dominated by lively, crunchy fruit, leaving a very enjoyable aftertaste.

HARVEST DATES

September 30 th – October 11 th

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2001

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The year 2001 began with a winter which was fairly mild but very wet. Between
October and March rainfall totals were double the average seen over the previous
twenty years. There was a short snap of cold weather and frosts in late April. May and
June saw temperatures above the seasonal averages, with a rapid and uniform
blossoming of the vines in the last week of May. A fine summer saw the grapes reach
maturity in excellent health, albeit with a certain degree of variation between different
plots on the estate.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

The excellent health of the vines this year allowed us to harvest grapes which were sure
to produce an excellent tannic structure, and above all a good deal of freshness.

TASTING NOTES

Château Castera 2001 has a consistent scarlet/purple robe.
The nose is fairly dense, dominated by ripe fruit with some animal notes and a hint of
blackcurrant leaf.
The attack is full and well-balanced, growing nicely with a discrete touch of woodiness.
A lively fruitiness is complemented nicely by some toasted aromas.
The finish is long, carried along by a tannic framework which is light but enjoyably
dense.

HARVEST DATES

October 1st – October 12 th

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CHÂTEAU CASTERA

2000

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The vines may have been spared, but the terrible storm which rocked the Médoc on
December 27 th 1999 left a trail of destruction in its wake.
The winter was mild, with a warm and very humid spring. The conditions were just
right for an outbreak of mildew. We worked constantly to fight this, and protect the
vines during the flowering process – with a good deal of success.
After a cold start to the summer and an ‘Arctic’ Bastille day, August brought with it
constant warmth and sunshine – which helped kick-start the ripening process. Nature
was kind enough to send us an Indian Summer which allowed us to bring in the fruit at
peak maturity and in ideal conditions.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

From the very beginning of fermentation, and indeed throughout the whole vinification
process, we realised that the 2000 was going to be a vintage of great quality. So we did
our utmost to ensure that it would be a true classic.
The colour is dark, with a rare aromatic intensity and remarkable tannins.

TASTING NOTES

A crisp, reflective and consistent ruby robe.
The nose is full, with ripe fruit and a hint of leather rubbing shoulders with aromatic
spices (ginger, cinnamon). The second nose carries smoky aromas, indicative of a
high-quality woodiness.
On the palate the attack is elegant and precise. A strong tannic structure, with tannins
which are ripe without excessive harshness. The aromas from the nose make a return,
accompanied by some grilled notes and a hint of Mocha. An enjoyably long finish.dense.

HARVEST DATES

September 26 th – October 12 th

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MARQUIS DE CASTERA

2010

MEDOC

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

In the 19 th century, every year the manager of Château Castera’s vineyards would keep
back a few barrels in his cellar for the owner, Marquis Martial Maurice de Verthamon,
a great lover of smooth, fruity wine. In memory of the Marquis, we still produce a
limited quantity of this reserve wine every year.
The second wine of Château Castera, Marquis de Castera is made exclusively with fruit
from our vineyard. The clay-limestone terroir is covered with a fine layer of gravel, of
the same type found in the Pyrenees.
Taken from the château’s younger vines, the grapes are selected on the sorting table.
The dominance of the merlot variety in this wine gives it a delicious fruitiness, backed
up by smooth, silky tannins which come from ageing the wine in barrels for 8 months.

TASTING NOTES

The colour is deep red with violets brilliant glints. The nose is opened on black fruits
(blackcurrant-cherry) with elegant oaky aromas. Nose is developing on sweet vanillas
and liquorice notes. The attack is supple and full, a lot of freshness in the mid-palate
which is characteristic of fruits (juicy cherry). Tannins are fleshy and a long-lasting
aromas. Pleasant to drink now.

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Concours Général de Paris, 2013

Médaille de Bronze

SWA, 2015

Argent

International Wine Challenge – Bronze

A mellow and delicious wine with a pleasant smoky touch.

Marquis de Castera

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MARQUIS DE CASTERA

2009

MEDOC

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

In the 19 th century, every year the manager of Château Castera’s vineyards would keep
back a few barrels in his cellar for the owner, Marquis Martial Maurice de Verthamon,
a great lover of smooth, fruity wine. In memory of the Marquis, we still produce a
limited quantity of this reserve wine every year.
The second wine of Château Castera, Marquis de Castera is made exclusively with fruit
from our vineyard. The clay-limestone terroir is covered with a fine layer of gravel, of
the same type found in the Pyrenees.
Taken from the château’s younger vines, the grapes are selected on the sorting table.
The dominance of the merlot variety in this wine gives it a delicious fruitiness, backed
up by smooth, silky tannins which come from ageing the wine in barrels for 8 months.

TASTING NOTES

Marquis de Castera 2009 has a beautiful, intense garnet tint.
The bouquet is fairly complex, with ripe fruit aromas accented with some roasted notes.
The wine is supple and well-balanced on the palate, with the dominant fruitiness
providing a sense of great roundness.
The light, woody finish is framed by smooth, indulgent tannins which provide a
wonderful aromatic complexity.
Ageing potential: 3-5 years.

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Bordeaux Coup de Coeur Belgique

85/100 – Gilbert & Gaillard

Lightly sparkling, bold colour. First fruity smell reminding of sour cherries transforming on liquorice notes. Light-bodied wine with delicately melting tannins and typical aromas.

Bourbon La Chapelle

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BOURBON LA CHAPELLE

2014

MEDOC

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Château Bourbon La Chapelle is the second property of Château Castera, produced
from the fruit of the same vines. The predominantly clay-limestone terroir is topped by
a thin layer of Pyrenees gravel.
The grapes are subjected to a rigorous selection process on our sorting tables. A
moderate extraction process allows us to obtain supple tannins which, combined with a
relatively short maceration, produce an exceptionally fruity wine.
Château Bourbon La Chapelle is matured in wood for 6 months. This process infuses
the wine with a discreet, elegant touch of wood and allows the fruit to express its full
potential.

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87/100 – Gilbert & Gaillard

Beautiful bold colour with vivid red reflects. Pure smell of ripe fruits fine-tuned to the delicate spicy notes. A pure and smooth, melting wine, which shows off the frank aromas where fruit and spices staying are to the fore.

Bourbon La Chapelle

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BOURBON LA CHAPELLE

2013

MEDOC

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Château Bourbon La Chapelle is the second property of Château Castera, produced
from the fruit of the same vines. The predominantly clay-limestone terroir is topped by
a thin layer of Pyrenees gravel.
The grapes are subjected to a rigorous selection process on our sorting tables. A
moderate extraction process allows us to obtain supple tannins which, combined with a
relatively short maceration, produce an exceptionally fruity wine.
Château Bourbon La Chapelle is matured in wood for 6 months. This process infuses
the wine with a discreet, elegant touch of wood and allows the fruit to express its full
potential.

TASTING NOTES

Limpid ruby color. A fresh taste full of red fruits, spicy and menthol aromas. The attack is supple with currant and raspberry aromas. The structure is well-balanced and crunchiness. Supples tanins. Nice length, greedy wine

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BOURBON LA CHAPELLE

2012

MEDOC

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Château Bourbon La Chapelle is the second property of Château Castera, produced
from the fruit of the same vines. The predominantly clay-limestone terroir is topped by
a thin layer of Pyrenees gravel.
The grapes are subjected to a rigorous selection process on our sorting tables. A
moderate extraction process allows us to obtain supple tannins which, combined with a
relatively short maceration, produce an exceptionally fruity wine.
Château Bourbon La Chapelle is matured in wood for 6 months. This process infuses
the wine with a discreet, elegant touch of wood and allows the fruit to express its full
potential.

TASTING NOTES

Brillant ruby red color. Very fruity with a slight woody aromas which has been
intensified after being aerated. It brings complexity. The attack is supple, red fruits
taste are present in the mouth with a slight toasted notes. Tanins are ripe and
concentrated. The wine is well-balanced. Finale is very pleasant. It can be drinked
immediatly.

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BOURBON LA CHAPELLE

2011

MEDOC

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Château Bourbon La Chapelle is the second property of Château Castera, produced
from the fruit of the same vines. The predominantly clay-limestone terroir is topped by
a thin layer of Pyrenees gravel.
The grapes are subjected to a rigorous selection process on our sorting tables. A
moderate extraction process allows us to obtain supple tannins which, combined with a
relatively short maceration, produce an exceptionally fruity wine.
Château Bourbon La Chapelle is matured in wood for 6 months. This process infuses
the wine with a discreet, elegant touch of wood and allows the fruit to express its full
potential.

TASTING NOTES

The colour of Bourbon La Chapelle 2011 is cherry with purple tint, it is clear anb
brilliant which characterized its youth.
The nose is clean with good intensity. The first nose is distingished by black and
red fruits to finish on fine oaked aromas. Raspberry, redcurrant and green
almond aromas are present during the airing.
The attack is supple and developped to a body and fruity structure. Tannins
are soft and silky with a balanced finish and a lightly oaked notes.

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86/100 – Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard

Beautiful pure red. Delicate nose evoking red fruits with a vanilla touch. Smoothness in the mouth, brought with the fruit, where you can find a fine spicy touch, which persists during the long-lasting finish.

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BOURBON LA CHAPELLE

2010

MEDOC

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Château Bourbon La Chapelle is the second property of Château Castera, produced
from the fruit of the same vines. The predominantly clay-limestone terroir is topped by
a thin layer of Pyrenees gravel.
The grapes are subjected to a rigorous selection process on our sorting tables. A
moderate extraction process allows us to obtain supple tannins which, combined with a
relatively short maceration, produce an exceptionally fruity wine.
Château Bourbon La Chapelle is matured in wood for 6 months. This process infuses
the wine with a discreet, elegant touch of wood and allows the fruit to express its full
potential.

TASTING NOTES

With its brilliant ruby-red colour, this 2010 offers a lovely intense bouquet with notes
of cherry and toasted wood. On the palate it is rounded, with silky tannins and a
smooth finish marked by flavours of black fruit mingling with spices. The Bourbon
2010 is highly expressive and will charm by its harmony and freshness.

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Bordeaux Coup de Coeur Allemagne

87/100 – Wine Spectator

Elegant smoky notes are emphasizing the flavours of berries and black current. Long-lasting taste. Less complexity but a strong character.

15.5/20 – Revue des Vins de France

Lovely, honest Medoc, vivid and very fruity. Even though its concentration is not so enormously, it has a very medocain character, steady and «fluent». A real « Bordeaux » without hubris but suitable to give yourself a treat !

87/100 – Gilbert & Gaillard

Bold colour with violet reflects. The bouquet of red and black fruits emphasized by lightly toasted wood. A chewy prelude entails a developing freshness. A delicious win with long-lasting fruity and liquorice accents. A very appealing style.

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BOURBON LA CHAPELLE

2009

MEDOC

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Château Bourbon La Chapelle is the second property of Château Castera, produced
from the fruit of the same vines. The predominantly clay-limestone terroir is topped by
a thin layer of Pyrenees gravel.
The grapes are subjected to a rigorous selection process on our sorting tables. A
moderate extraction process allows us to obtain supple tannins which, combined with a
relatively short maceration, produce an exceptionally fruity wine.
Château Bourbon La Chapelle is matured in wood for 6 months. This process infuses
the wine with a discreet, elegant touch of wood and allows the fruit to express its full
potential.

TASTING NOTES

Château Bourbon La Chapelle 2009 boasts a clear, brilliant ruby-red robe.
The nose is crisp and precise, with red berries to the fore (redcurrant, wild
strawberries).
A fine, elegant woodiness is backed by faint hints of leather.
The opening is bold and fruity, expanding to reveal silky tannins which are still a little
stiff.
The overall structure is superb, and the 2009 is already a pleasure to drink.

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Prix d’excellence Vinalies, 2011

87/100 – Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard

Beautiful vivid red, sufficiently bold. Tempting bouquet, fresh, blended bloomy and fruity notes. Lovely range in the mouth with ripe tannins and a elegant fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon brings along the typical liquorice notes in the finish.

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2008

MEDOC

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

Château Bourbon La Chapelle is the second property of Château Castera, produced
from the fruit of the same vines. The predominantly clay-limestone terroir is topped by
a thin layer of Pyrenees gravel.
The grapes are subjected to a rigorous selection process on our sorting tables. A
moderate extraction process allows us to obtain supple tannins which, combined with a
relatively short maceration, produce an exceptionally fruity wine.
Château Bourbon La Chapelle is matured in wood for 6 months. This process infuses
the wine with a discreet, elegant touch of wood and allows the fruit to express its full
potential.

TASTING NOTES

Château Bourbon La Chapelle 2008 boasts an attractive, scarlet colour with flashes of
light.
The nose is fruity, with a gratifying aromatic intensity and a light hint of wood in the
background.
On the palate the attack is forthright and enjoyable. The supple tannins leave plenty of
room for the red fruit aromas to express themselves.
Ready to enjoy right away, Château Bourbon La Chapelle is a light, supple and
enjoyable wine which will provide a perfect partner for aperitifs or grilled meats.

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85/100 – Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard

Bold red colour for a still young wine. Smell of ripe red fruits, nearly jammy. A tight wine in taste. Powerful and generously. Recommended with a rib of beef or game.

Perle Rose

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PERLE ROSE

2015

ROSÉ

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The morning dew drips on the grapes just before the harvest which give us pink reflection. This show didn’t let insensitive our wine grower’s eyes.

In this way, Perle Rose was born, a rosé of Merlot, produced to bring a fresh note in the wines range of the estate.

Produced in small quantities, the berries of the rose are selected for their fruity notes. This bottle is the ideal accompaniment for your barbecue and salads.

TASTING NOTES

Boasting a lovely pale pink colour with hints of salmon, Perle Rose du Château Castera offers a lively bouquet in which the summer-fruit aromas provide plenty of freshness.

On the palate the attack is quite lively and sustained, while the fruity character stands out and the overall balance is perfect.

Serve chilled with barbecues and salads this summer.

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apostrophe 2007

APOSTROPHE

2007

CUVÉE PREMIUM

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

Marked by three cold snaps, one in mid-December, one in early January and one in
mid-February, the winter of 2010 was as grey, long and harsh as that of 2009. Between
March and May temperatures never once rose above the seasonal average, leading to a
slight delay in the budburst. The return of fine weather in June encouraged a fairly
rapid flowering process followed by satisfactory berry-set. July was hot. The
colour-change started around the 10 th of August and the ripening process was ideal
for all the grape varieties thanks to the exceptionally dry months of August and
September. 2010 was actually the driest year of the decade, with the rainfall average
barely rising above 50 mm. The ideal harvesting conditions from start to finish allowed
us to pick each grape in each plot at optimum ripeness.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

The grapes used for this wine are stemmed from our oldest plot of our best calcareous
clay soil. Apostrophe is aged during 18 months in French wood barrels of
the famous Troncais forest in the center of France.

TASTING NOTES

A garnet color with a good intensity with a nice touch of evolution. Nose is clearly open
with gingerbread aromas, red and black fruits. The attack is fleshy with soft tannins
followed by a fresh final which provide a nice length.

HARVEST DATES

30th September – 18th October

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alexandrin 2009

ALEXANDRIN

2009

CUVÉE PREMIUM

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

Following one of the harshest winters of the last twenty years, the start of 2009 will
always be remembered for the devastating storm which struck on January 24 th. No less
important was the cold snap in early January which saw night-time temperatures plunge
below -10°C. It was late February before calm, sunny conditions returned. The buds
appeared in late March/early April, following a relatively dry March. April was very
changeable, with a good deal of rain. May, on the other hand, was positively summery,
with the last two weeks seeing high temperatures and frequent storms.
June provided perfect conditions for the flowering process, which began at Castera in
the second week of the month.
The summer turned out to be splendid, with warm temperatures but no heat wave, and
very few storms. The lack of rain slowed down vine growth a little in late July, with the
grapes beginning to ripen in mid-August.
The summer continued throughout September and into October: sunshine, warmth
and a lack of rain allowed the fruit to reach peak maturity.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

The grapes used for this wine are stemmed from our oldest plot of our best calcareous
clay soil. Alexandrin is aged during 18 months in French wood barrels of the
famous Troncais forest in the center of France.

TASTING NOTES

The color indicates its youth with violets glints. Nose is marked by the ageing with
toasted cocoa notes, smoked and torrefaction aromas. Mouth is delicate with generous
tannins, a lot of black fruits and nice woody touch. A full and length final.

HARVEST DATES

28th September – 15th October

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inspiration 2003

INSPIRATION

2003

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The vintage 2003 will stay as a very warm summer. Grapes reached a level of maturity never equalled until then. Some parcels of old vines located on our best terroir of clay-limestone gave an exceptional wine.

NOTES ON THE WINEMAKING PROCESS

We decided to remove from the blend some barrels to take advantage of this nectar.
Ageing of during 18 months in french oak wich came from the famous forest of Tronçais (Center of France) and bottling in a special heavy bottle.
For a long time Reserved for the only consumption in the Chateau, we decided to put on sale the last bottles.

TASTING NOTES

The nose is opened and marked by tertiary notes of leather, fur and game. We can note black fruits, very soft spices and notes of licorice. The mouth is delicate, velvety and soft. It is a long elegant silky wine in mouth.

HARVEST DATES

30th September – 18th October

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The quality of Château Castera is appreciated in over 20 countries:

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