The Castéja family has poured huge investment into this château over recent years, and quality has climbed impressively. With guidance, for many years, from Professor Denis Dubourdieu of Bordeaux University (consultant here 2001-2015) a policy of gently simmering the wine beneath its grape-skin cap, after the tumultuous fermentation, was introduced – to help build the wine’s body. The 2016 has a higher proportion – 85% – of Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, with 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine is ageing in 60% new barrels. The colour shows purple-ruby tints of medium depth, the nose being open, with bright aromas of great distinction. Palate is well-structured, with dense fruitiness and tannins which are fully rounded, without asperity or harshness. This is a classic Pauillac of power and character, with great length, which will age magnificently (for drinking 2020–2035+).
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