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Château Moya Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux AOC 2018

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£34.50

Château Moya produces excellent Merlot-led wines from one of Bordeaux’s satellite appellations, Castillon Côte de Bordeaux. Perhaps less well-known than other Right Bank Bordeaux wines like nearby St Emilion but no less elegant or complex. It’s an elegant red wine full of red & black fruit flavours – redcurrants, raspberries, ripe plums, blackcurrants

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Region

Bordeaux

Country

France

ABV

15.5%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Vegan, Certified Organic

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2030

Description

Château Moya Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2018 is a blend of 93% Merlot (compared to 85% in sister wine, Château Gaby Canon Fronsac) and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon). It is a certified organic Right Bank Bordeaux from a lesser-known satellite Bordeaux appellation called Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, close to the better known wine appellation of St Emilion. The wine-maker at Château Moya is the same as at Château Gaby, Damien Landouar. Previously the Moya wines may have been in Gaby’s shadow but Moya goes from strength to strength each year and is really something to write home about – old-style Moya which I also loved was a very young fruit-forward wine but these later vintages taste more evolved as if they have more than 5 years on the clock. The tannins are soft and integrated. Given the dominance of Merlot and the warm vintage of 2018, the nose and palate of Château Moya Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2018 are steeped in red fruits – redcurrants, raspberries, ripe plums – but there are also black fruits showing through, the fruit-forward character driven by the warm vintage. Both Moya and Gaby pick their grapes as late as possible to ensure full maturity. That is also why the alcohol level is quite high – but, fear not, it is fully integrated in with the ripe fruit flavours and with fresh acidity so you will not notice it.

 

The wine has been aged in oak – split 50% in new barrels and 50% in 1 to 2 year old barrels – which gives it a smooth texture and hints of oak ageing on the palate like vanilla, cloves and chocolate notes. Whilst old-style Moya which I loved was a more young fruit-forward wine, this 2018 vintage tastes even more evolved. The tannins are soft and integrated. This is a very elegant and complex wine – and it’s certified organic.

 

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, formerly known as Côtes de Castillon, is one of the satellite appellations of Bordeaux, situated to the east of St Emilion. Château Moya is the sister château to Château Gaby whose Canon-Fronsac AOC is also available from Wines With Attitude®. Following organic principles since 2009, Château Moya has been formally certified as organic (“agriculture biologique”) since 2013.

How to enjoy

Recommended with red meat dishes – beef, duck, lamb; also chicken, turkey, cheese, tomato-based dishes, mushrooms, roast vegetables.

 

Serve at: 15 – 17°C

Producer's Notes

“On the nose, the wooden, toasted, and spicy notes stand out. Ripe red fruit notes are present. On the palate, it has a frank, very round onset with a beautiful evolution towards acidity. The red fruits are present throughout the tasting, and the tannins are well blended and round. An elegant and smooth wine.”

Awards

16.5 points – JancisRobinson.com – Apr 2019
”Dark as elderberry juice. Intense aroma of pure and fully ripe black fruits, both cassis and damson. Pure on the palate too, with juicy but intense dark fruit, with a hint of spice. Dense tannin structure but its lots of layers rather than one big block. Dense but smooth and with enough freshness to balance.”

 

89 points – VertdeVin – Tasted en primeur
”The nose offers power, concentration as well as a small freshness. It reveals notes of wild cassis, fleshy/juicy blackberry and small notes of fleshy/juicy strawberry associated with a fine touch of liquorice as well as very fine hints of Cuben pepper/nutmeg (in the background). The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers a mineral frame, tension, freshness, gourmandize as well as a small juiciness. On the palate this wine expresses notes of juicy/ripe cassis, juicy/fleshy raspberry and small notes of cherry associated with fine touches of blackberry, liquorice as well as very fine hints of chocolate. Tannins are well-built. Good length.”

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