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    Château La Brande Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux '15

    Bordeaux

    Château La Brande Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux '15

    It’s not easy to find good, affordable Bordeaux these days, let alone one that is certified organic, so if you’re always on the lookout for it, this one is for you. In classic Right Bank Bordeaux style, the 2015 La Brande is Merlot dominant, with 70% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. It also happens to be from an exceptional vintage.

    Castillon, an extension of the limestone côtes of the more prestigious Saint-Émilion, benefits from the Right Bank’s more varied topography, drier climate, and higher elevation compared with the Left Bank. La Brande is located in the clay-limestone hillsides of Belvès de Castillon and has subsoils that are called molasses de Fronsadais, a limestone-clay-sandstone blend in which Merlot thrives.

    Bordeaux can seem like an unlikely place for successful organic winemaking, given its cool, wet, maritime climate, which makes vines more susceptible to disease and other vineyard hazards. But Château La Brande is certified organic, which means it does not use any synthetic insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides, instead using herbal preparations when needed.

    The vines at Château La Brande are hand harvested, the fruit is destemmed, and no additives are used during winemaking. The wine is aged for 10 to 12 months in used French oak barrels ranging in size from 225 to 400 liters. Ripe plum, red and black cherry, blackberry, and fig stand out on the nose, as do earthy and savory notes of bayleaf, anise, and mocha. The wine is medium plus in body, with well-integrated tannins and acidity, making this bottle another one that we admire for its versatility at the table. Pair it with roasted meats, venison, or hard, aged cheeses.

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