Clos Louie, Côtes de Castillon, 2004 2

I bought, and shared, a case of this en-primeur with a friend of mine back in 2005, on the recommendation of his (French) wine merchant. The promise of something made from 150 year old vines with a decent Parker review that didn’t cost too much proved more than tempting. I have to say though that I expected the label to look more like it had been around for the odd century, rather than the ungainly modern glossy label that turned up two years later…

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However this could be explained by the fact that, despite having some of the oldest vines in Bordeaux, this is only the second vintage released from Clos Louie, which is a tiny estate who’s vineyard has a block of vines that are 150-years old. This ancient block includes the usual Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, but also some Malbec, and Carménère, although I don’t know what quantity, if any, of these found themselves in this blend.

I first drank this a few years ago after taking delivery of the released en-primeur purchase to see what I had. Back then it was a little raw with a distinct tannic finish that clearly needed a few years bottle age to mellow. More than a few years on those tannins have mellowed, however there is a little furriness with them too, which will probably dissipate given more time in bottle. With a medium body, black fruit flavours it’s fairly pleasing …if a tiny bit furry.

approx £16.50 Viader Vintners (June 2005)

2 thoughts on “Clos Louie, Côtes de Castillon, 2004

  1. Reply Mike Caplan-Hill Mar 31,2014 8:14 pm

    Let me know when the fur subsides and I’ll open a bottle :-)

  2. Reply Mike Caplan-Hill Nov 5,2015 2:47 pm

    I have now drunk and sold a number of bottles of the 2004, fur gone and a delight to drink. I have also been drinking the 2006 which is developing well, another year or two and this could be better than the 2004

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