Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines average 30 year old and are planted on a clay/limestone soil. Three-quarters of the Brousse vineyard (the property is about 30 ha) is on the south-facing Castillon slope, and the rest is on the plateau. The yields are kept to a low 35 hl/ha through careful pruning and the removal of excess buds in the spring. After a double sorting of the fruit and 2 days of cold maceration, fermentation occurs over a period of three weeks in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. The must is circulated over the cap of skins 2 times per day for the first 5 days and then once over the last 20 days. The varieties are aged in stainless steel tanks, and then assembled after 14 months. The 2015 was bottled late January 2017.
This Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux is an exceptionally rich, deep black-purple colored and mouthfilling wine, with generous flavors of plush, ripe, spicy black cherries and currants with notes of dark chocolate. It is ready for current enjoyment and represents an excellent value.
About the Producer
Château de Brousse is located in the heart of the Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly Côtes de Castillon) appellation, which is the eastward extension of St-Emilion. Indeed, the wines were known as St-Emilionnais up until the early 20th century. The rolling hills of the Côtes de Castillon share the same limestone-clay soils as St-Emilion. The commune of Belves de Castillion, where Château De Brousse is situated, has the finest soils and south-facing exposition of the commune, ideal for the production of generous, full bodied, Merlot-based Bordeaux wines.
Château de Brousse is a very old cru which was reinvigorated in the mid-1980s by then manager Mark Dworkin of Château Larmande and Michel Rolland. They restructured the vineyard and improved the winemaking by installing temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation and aging in order to accentuate the wine’s fruit. It was bought in 1989 by Dominique Bessineau, an industrialist from the north of France with a passion for wine and the Bordelais vineyards. Today, renowned oenologist Stephane Derenoncourt consults on the winemaking with cellar-master Jean-François Lalle.
Farming practices: Château de Brousse will be certified HVE (Haute Valeur Environmentale) in 2019.
Château de Brousse