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2017

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The mild weather in February and March led to early vegetative growth. Low rainfall and significant sunshine in early spring were conducive to quick vine growth. April will long be remembered for two successive episodes of frost, which destroyed 30-50% of the 2017 crop in the Bordeaux wine region. As is often the case, the damage was not only significant but varied considerably. May was characterised by abundant sunshine with flowering spread over ten days in extremely favourable conditions. Fruit set was also quick and even. The weather was definitely summerlike in June with very high average temperatures. In contrast, July was less sunny than a usual month of September. Far from exceptional, the weather in August was in line with the monthly average thanks to a very hot start and end to the month. Rainfall in early September, which accelerated the harvest, was a cause of concern for winegrowers. The condition of the grapes was nevertheless very good overall with marked aromatic freshness yet only moderate polyphenol potential. The 2017 vintage is delicious and very attractive.

TASTING NOTES

Deep-purple colour with good intensity. The nose displays fruity and oaky aromas complemented by forest floor nuances. Black fruit aromas (prunes and cherries) then come to the fore, alongside elegant hints of oak accompanied by sweet spices. Starts out straightforward on the palate, with vanilla flavours underpinned by silky tannins. Black fruit notes and firmer tannins, which are likely to soften in years to come, follow through on the finish.

HARVEST DATES

19 September – 04 October

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2016

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CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

It is always somewhat risky to announce a second great vintage in a row without appearing unduly optimistic. However, 2016 is unquestionably remarkable, combining quality, quantity, and a very classic style. An incredibly wet spring was quite worrying for winegrowers at the time but later proved to be a godsend. The soil’s water reserves were largely reconstituted, enabling the vines to cope with the exceptionally dry, hot summer. The grapes finished ripening during beautiful, relatively warm weather, with very little rain and cool nights. This unhoped for, simply incredible weather for Bordeaux made it possible to harvest deeply-coloured, aromatic grapes with beautiful acidity. Extraction took place slowly and varied depending on the grape variety. Extractability was greater for the Cabernets than for Merlot – proof of excellent maturity in the later-ripening varieties. Colour was deep and the tannin in the seeds was most often ripe and of high quality in 2016.

TASTING NOTES

Deep, dense colour with a bluish rim. The complex bouquet displays a combination of red and black fruit aromas (fresh blackcurrant and morello cherry). Swirling in the glass unveils notes of white pepper and sweet spices accompanied by a very fruity bouquet and delicate hints of oak. Starts out fruity, full-bodied and solid on the palate, going on to reveal surprisingly silky and elegant tannins. The perfect balance between all these elements results in a smooth, fresh wine with a lovely long aftertaste that bodes well for the future.

HARVEST DATES

5th of October – 20th of October

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2015

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE

The winter 2014-2015 was one of the sweetest of the last thirty years. The cold has yet settled for a month with 14 days of frost in February. The month of March was less watered than normal, followed by very good conditions in April with a regular bud break. The warmer and cooler periods alternated until the blossoming. The hot summer was punctuated by substantial rains after August 21, causing a rise in the berries. September was dry but without excessive heat and October, just as sunny, completed the last phase of maturation by improving the extraction of colored compounds without excessive loss of acidity.

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful garnet color which has brilliant reflections and great intensity. The nose, marked by hints of blackcurrant, evolves on the second nose to slightly smoky and woody aromas tinged with sweet spices and black fruits. Liquorice brings a certain freshness. On the palate the sweet and warm attack is very pleasant. The mid-palate, full and silky, does not erase a beautiful tannic structure that gives it character. The whole, very balanced and harmonious, finishes on a dominance of cherries notes. It is an elegant and distinctive wine.

HARVEST DATES

23 September – 8 October

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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

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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

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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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Concours de Bordeaux 2015

Decanter WWA 2105

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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Decanter 2013

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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Concours des Vins de Bordeaux 2010

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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MARQUIS DE CASTERA

2017

MEDOC

PRESENTATION

In the 19th century, the estate manager at Château Castera set aside several barrels in his cellar each year for the Marquis Martial Maurice de Verthamon, a lover of smooth and fruity wines. We produce this selection every year as a testimony to the Marquis who owned the château. The second wine of Château Castera, the Marquis de Castera, is made exclusively from grapes grown at the estate’s vineyards. The clay-limestone soil is covered in a thin layer of Pyrenean gravel. The grapes are picked from the estate’s youngest vines then selected on a sorting table. The predominance of Merlot results in a very delicious wine with smooth, silky tannin.

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful ruby-red colour. The bouquet displays fruity notes alongside aromatic herbs. Swirling in the glass reveals strawberry and rosemary overtones. The wine starts out crunchy, with smooth tannins enhanced by a wonderful freshness. Raspberry aromas follow through to the palate, accompanied by hints of cherry, paving the way for an incredibly fruity finish.

HARVEST DATES

19 September – 04 October

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2017

MEDOC

PRESENTATION

The second estate of Château Castera, Château Bourbon la Chapelle is located on a clay-limestone terroir. The grapes are carefully selected on a sorting table. Moderate extraction produces smooth tannins, which, when combined with relatively short maceration, result in an incredibly fruity wine.
Château Bourbon la Chapelle is aged for 6 months in oak barrels. This gentle approach to ageing helps obtain subtle, elegant oaky nuances that highlight the intrinsic fruitiness of the grapes.

TASTING NOTES

Ruby clear colour with dark purple reflections. Nose of small red berries, soft spices, with a fresh and aniseed note. The woodiness is fine and lightly marked with vanilla notes. In mouth, the supple attack evolves towards a delicately wooded fruit and ends with a tip of freshness which extends the aromatic persistency.

HARVEST DATES

19 September – 04 October

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2016

MEDOC

PRESENTATION

The second estate of Château Castera, Château Bourbon la Chapelle is located on a clay-limestone terroir. The grapes are carefully selected on a sorting table. Moderate extraction produces smooth tannins, which, when combined with relatively short maceration, result in an incredibly fruity wine.
Château Bourbon la Chapelle is aged for 6 months in oak barrels. This gentle approach to ageing helps obtain subtle, elegant oaky nuances that highlight the intrinsic fruitiness of the grapes.

TASTING NOTES

Ruby clear colour with dark purple reflections. Nose of small red berries, soft spices, with a fresh and aniseed note. The woodiness is fine and lightly marked with vanilla notes. In mouth, the supple attack evolves towards a delicately wooded fruit and ends with a tip of freshness which extends the aromatic persistency.

HARVEST DATES

05 October – 20 October

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2015

MEDOC

PRESENTATION

The second estate of Château Castera, Château Bourbon la Chapelle is located on a clay-limestone terroir. The grapes are carefully selected on a sorting table. Moderate extraction produces smooth tannins, which, when combined with relatively short maceration, result in an incredibly fruity wine.
Château Bourbon la Chapelle is aged for 6 months in oak barrels. This gentle approach to ageing helps obtain subtle, elegant oaky nuances that highlight the intrinsic fruitiness of the grapes.

TASTING NOTES

Ruby clear colour with dark purple reflections. Nose of small red berries, soft spices, with a fresh and aniseed note. The woodiness is fine and lightly marked with vanilla notes. In mouth, the supple attack evolves towards a delicately wooded fruit and ends with a tip of freshness which extends the aromatic persistency.

HARVEST DATES

23 September – 08 October

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PERLE ROSE

2019

ROSÉ

PRESENTATION

The morning dew that drips off the grapes just before the harvest has scattered pink highlights. This spectacle does not go unnoticed by winegrowers. Thus, the Perle Rose of Château Castera was created, a rosé made from Merlot grapes, bringing a touch of freshness to the château’s wine range. Produced in small quantities, our rosé is made from grapes specially chosen for their intrinsic fruitiness. The perfect accompaniment to summer barbecues and salads.

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful salmon-pink colour. Pleasant and crisp on the nose with citrus fruit notes (pink grapefruit, blood orange), enhanced by fresh touches of redcurrant and grenadine. Refreshing, lively and tangy on the palate, revealing red fruit flavours with a hint of lime. This light and fresh rosé makes for the perfect summer drink.

DATES OF THE HARVEST

26 September – 11 October

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2018

ROSÉ

PRESENTATION

The morning dew that drips off the grapes just before the harvest has scattered pink highlights. This spectacle did not go unnoticed by winegrowers. Thus, the Perle Rose of Château Castera was created, a rosé made from Merlot grapes, bringing a touch of freshness to the château’s wine range. Produced in small quantities, our rosé is made from grapes specially chosen for their intrinsic fruitiness. The perfect accompaniment to summer barbecues and salads.

TASTING NOTES

Clear, brilliant colour with attractive pink highlights reminiscent of rose petals. The nose is delicious, displaying notes of tangy fruit, reminiscent of a basket of boiled sweets and treats. Starts out fresh and fruity on the palate with redcurrant flavours, going on to reveal a soft texture underscored by notes of wild strawberry. A light, refreshing rosé, ideal sipped by the poolside or as an aperitif.

DATES OF THE HARVEST

28 September – 13 October

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CHÂTEAU BOIS MONDONT

2017

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS OF THE VINTAGE

The mild weather in February and March led to early vegetative growth. Low rainfall and significant sunshine in early spring were conducive to quick vine growth. April will long be remembered for two successive episodes of frost, which destroyed 30-50% of the 2017 crop in the Bordeaux wine region. As is often the case, the damage was not only significant but varied considerably. May was characterised by abundant sunshine with flowering spread over ten days in extremely favourable conditions. Fruit set was also quick and even. The weather was definitely summerlike in June with very high average temperatures. In contrast, July was less sunny than a usual month of September. Far from exceptional, the weather in August was in line with the monthly average thanks to a very hot start and end to the month. Rainfall in early September, which accelerated the harvest, was a cause of concern for winegrowers. The condition of the grapes was nevertheless very good overall with marked aromatic freshness yet only moderate polyphenol potential. The 2017 vintage is delicious and very attractive.

TASTING NOTES

Wonderfully intense ruby-red colour. The nose exhibits subtle hints of blackberry and liquorice. Starts out velvety, concentrated and beautifully round on the palate. The tannin is silky, enhanced by very ripe black fruit aromas. Both pleasant and well-balanced on the finish.

HARVEST DATES

19 September – 04 October

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2016

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS OF THE VINTAGE

It is always somewhat risky to announce a second great vintage in a row without appearing unduly optimistic. However, 2016 is unquestionably remarkable, combining quality, quantity, and a very classic style. An incredibly wet spring was quite worrying for winegrowers at the time but later proved to be a godsend. The soil’s water reserves were largely reconstituted, enabling the vines to cope with the exceptionally dry, hot summer. The grapes finished ripening during beautiful, relatively warm weather, with very little rain and cool nights. This unhoped for, simply incredible weather for Bordeaux made it possible to harvest deeply-coloured, aromatic grapes with beautiful acidity. Extraction took place slowly and varied depending on the grape variety. Extractability was greater for the Cabernets than for Merlot – proof of excellent maturity in the later-ripening varieties. Colour was deep and the tannin in the seeds was most often ripe and of high quality in 2016.

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful garnet-red colour with a brilliant rim. The spicy bouquet reveals roasted overtones of cocoa powder with aeration. Full-bodied and round on the palate, accompanied by silky tannins enhancing aromas of fresh blueberries. The fine, delicate finish produces a well-balanced wine with a beautiful long aftertaste ideal paired with flavourful, grilled meats such as beef, lamb, or Bigorre black ham.

HARVEST DATES

05 October – 20 October

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CHÂTEAU BOIS MONDONT

2015

CRU BOURGEOIS

CLIMATE CONDITIONS OF THE VINTAGE

The winter 2014-2015 was one of the sweetest of the last thirty years. The cold has yet settled for a month with 14 days of frost in February. The month of March was less watered than normal, followed by very good conditions in April with a regular bud break. The warmer and cooler periods alternated until the blossoming. The hot summer was punctuated by substantial rains after August 21, causing a rise in the berries. September was dry but without excessive heat and October, just as sunny, completed the last phase of maturation by improving the extraction of colored compounds without excessive loss of acidity.

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful cherry-red colour with pink highlights. The rich and complex nose displays hints of vanilla and oak, combined with caramel and coffee notes, alongside balsamic and liquorice aromas. Swirling in the glass unveils overtones of sweet spices. Starts out full-bodied on the palate, accompanied by smooth, elegant tannins, roasted overtones of stewed prune come through on the lovely long aftertaste.

HARVEST DATES

29 September – 08 October

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alexandrin 2009

ALEXANDRIN

2009

CUVÉE PREMIUM

PRESENTATION

In the course of its history, Château Castera has developed a close relationship with literature, particularly with La Boétie and Montaigne, who liked to retreat there to write. Hence the idea arose to name each of our premium cuvées after a literary device intrinsically linked to the temperament of the vintage. 2009, by its finesse, power and balance, evokes the Alexandrine (Alexandrin in French), the standard verse of classical poetry and the only one named with a proper noun.

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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anthoinette 2019

anthoinette

2019

PRESENTATION

On 21 January 1616, Anthoinette de Montaigne, Lady of Arsac and Castera, signed a deed to sell wine for 380 pounds. This document, considered to be one of the oldest deeds of sale for wine in the Médoc, is displayed in the square tower of Château Castera. In honour of this historic moment, we decided to name our Château Castera white wine after Anthoinette.

TASTING NOTES

Pale yellow colour with a brilliant silver rim. The nose is well-focused, unveiling aromas of white stone fruit. Notes of very ripe peaches come to the fore, combined with slightly tangy overtones. Swirling in the glass reveals hints of William pears and white flowers.
The overall impression on the nose is of a fresh, pleasant and ethereal wine. Starts out full-bodied, becoming delicious and creamy mid-palate, accompanied by a lovely touch of freshness and varietal notes characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc. Lemon and lime blossom notes lead into a refreshing, thirst-quenching finish.

HARVEST DATES

16 September -17 September

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Castera around the world

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

France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, UK,
China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, French Polynesia (Tahiti), New Caledonia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, the USA, and Singapore