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Château Montaiguillon Montagne Saint-Emilion

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Grape Varieties: 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon Producer: Château Montaiguillon
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The aroma may seem slightly shy al first, but once the wine has been properly aired, il is a complex stream of ripe fruit, game, eucalyptus, liquorice and vanilla that embraces the nostrils. These are followed by scents of toasted bread and chocolate. This aromaticity deserves to be carefully appreciated as to understand the rich alchemy behind the wine. 

The taste is distinct, without detours: this is a sincere wine. Des pite the presence of melted tannins, the sensation is sumptuous and the texture silky. From the right matter-alcohol-tannins balance, unfolds a, indeed, structured wine, but which is also supple and fulfilling. We oller wines that mature well, which are to be savoured, ideally, alter 4-5 years of keeping. 

Beef · Lamb · Game (deer, venison) · Poultry

Château Montaiguillon is a family-run property of twenty-eight hectares, and has since 1949 been in the hands of the Amart family; third generation Chantal Amart is currently in charge. It was in 1949 that our great grandfather Abel Rigou, wine producer and cognac distiller in St-Martin d’Ary (by Montguyon, Charente Maritime), purchases Montaiguillon. His daughter Genevieve marries Roger Amart. The youthful couple dedicate their life to rebuilding the chateau. Understanding the imperious necessity to sell the wine in bottles, Roger Amart travels to Belgium to find wine-loving customers in the 1950s. This will remain Montaiguillon’s prime market for the upcoming 30 years.

The vineyard is a single plot that borders both Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Soil is clay-limestone and the exposure is to the south, so the vines get more sun than many of the flatter surrounding vineyards. Vines are an average of forty years old.

he 2014-2015 winter was rather mild – 3°C higher than average – and very humid, only 3 or 4 days of frost between January and April. The spring then followed in the tracks of its predecessors, in temperature as well as pluviometry. A relatively warm April helped in jump-starting the vegetation, though this was countered by the end of May, which saw uncharacteristically low temperatures, though having little effect on the quality of the flowering. Then the summer was cool and wet – 2°C lower than average. Dining in the garden in the evenings required motivation, and a jumper!

The average temperature in August was of only 17°C. September, however, changed everything: an exceptionally warm month. The sun cultured a slow maturing of the tannins and the skin until mid-October. September and October made the vintage. The merlots harvest began on 29/09: excellent results between 12°7 and 13°02; PH 3.5. The cabernets francs and sauvignons were harvested fairly late to make the most of the heat: the Francs were harvested on 08/10 and the Sauvignons on 10/10 and 11/10. The final assemblage consists of 65% Merlot, 15% Carbenet franc and 20% Cabernet sauvignon. The cabernets were of strikingly smooth.


Two automated sorting tables, introduced with the 2004 vintage, selected the best grapes before and after the destemmer. Fermentation was in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, and the various parcels were vinified separately. These were then aged in oak barriques for between eighteen and twenty-two months.
The robe is always, independent of the vintage, clear, bright and intense; the signs of a meticulously selected, ripe and healthy harvest. A certain richness con be deduced, due to an extended, controlled vatting period. 


This 2014 wine is currently light and fruity, without rough tannins; built on refined tannins, melted and fresh.

Jacques Dupont – Magazine Le Point 21 Mai 2015: 15/20 “Wood, vanilla, soft and round taste, supple tannins, nicely fruity, quite elegant, promising.”

Serena Sutcliffe & David Peppercorn :March 2015 “Harmony, pleasant fruit-acidity balance. Accompanied by strong character and charm. Great example of the label.”

And in April 2016: “Great aroma, completely in line with the AOC. Fruity and silky on the pallet. An pleasurable, accessible wine.”

Jacques DUPONT, Magazine LE POINT, September 2016:« Black fruit, cherry, blackberry, hints of wood, round initial taste, taut to finish, great balance.”


ABV 14%
Awards N/A
Closure Cork
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Merlot Blend
Vintage 2015
Country France
Region Bordeaux
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