2016 d'Arce, Côtes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1304808 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Tasted out of bottle, the 2016 Château d'Arce offers a beautiful bouquet of black raspberries, crushed rocks, licorice, and spice. It's slightly deeper and more concentrated than the 2015, with more tannins and acidity, it's a pure, elegant, gorgeous red that more than overdelivers.  (10/2018)

90-91 points James Suckling

 A linear and firm young red with chalk, dark-berry and crushed-stone character. Medium to light body, firm tannins and a racy finish.  (4/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 D'Arce, the Côtes de Castillon from the Garçin-Leveque family, is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc fermented in mostly concrete vats and matured in 300-liter new barrels. It has around 13.8% alcohol. It has a well-defined bouquet with a noticeable marine influence that influences the blackberry and briary aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, moderate depth, very elegant with a very precise, quite minerally finish. This is a splendid follow-up to the 2015 D'Arce, a Côtes de Castillon that just says 'Enjoy me.' And there is nothing wrong with that. (NM)  (4/2017)

90 points Vinous

 The 2016 d'Arce is a soft, floral Côtes de Castillon from Hélène Garcin and Patrice Lévêque. Soft, floral and fruity, with lovely red/purplish berry fruit, the 2016 will drink well upon release and for at least a handful of years thereafter. (AG)  (1/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and pure, offering a tightly focused beam of raspberry coulis and cassis notes, with light anise and floral accents along the edges. A pretty mineral twinge adds cut on the finish. Not big, but very pure and nicely rendered. Drink now through 2027. (JM)  (3/2019)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
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Another perfect score for value in 2016 and you will see almost no 2017 as 90% of the crop was lost in the April 27th freeze. Helene Garcin Leveque's new project is a smashing success-three vintages in a row. 90% Merlot and 10% CF. All my notes say is "so sweet and sexy-lovely texture on the palate. Enjoy young and often." Enough said--this is even better than their 2014 and 2015.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
Côtes de Castillon continues to be a source for some of the best values on the Right Bank. Many top producers in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol have invested in properties within this neighboring appellation, making wines which are nearly equal in quality to their best labels at a fraction of the price. Hélène Garcin, owner of Chateau Clos l'Église in Pomerol and Chateau Barde-Haut and the new Poesia in St-Emilion, now owns Chateau d’Arce in Côtes de Castillon. 2016 is only her third vintage, but certainly the best vintage yet. The quality is already apparent here. Loads of bright, sweet fruit. Very fresh with fine tannins. Terrific balance. Exceptional value.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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