Seigneurs d’Aiguilhe

daiguilheSeigneurs d’Aiguilhe

Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux,12,1

Stephan von Neipperg came to Bordeaux in 1985 from Germany to manage an acquisition of his father’s: Canon-La Gaffelière. Throwing himself into the new venture, he learned as much as he could, and wasn’t afraid to experiment. He also hired a young Turk called Stéphane Derenoncourt as his oenologist. The two men would go on to scandalize staid Bordeaux with their innovations (green harvests, no chemical fertilizers or insecticides), eventually winning over the sceptics with the success of their methods. Clos de l’Oratoire, La Mondotte, Chateau Peyraud and Clos Marsalette joined his stable of properties. But you could argue that Chateau d’Aiguilhe in Castillon has been his true labour of love. This is the second wine, more approachable but no less distinctive.