2014 Hyot, Côtes de Castillon SKU #1315360

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  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    9/30/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    When we're out visiting Bordeaux to taste the most recent vintage (like 2016), we're usually taking notes for the eventual pre-order campaign that follows. But sometimes we head out to visit producers and negociants and taste older vintages that are usually in bottle and ready to go. One such example is the recently arrived 2014 Château Hyot, a property located in Saint-Magne-de-Castillon that provided us with one helluva sub-$15 option. With its forty year old vines, the concentration of the Merlot (which makes of 70% of the blend) is stunning, adding a plummy lushness to the coffee notes imparted by the oak, and bolstered by the structure from the remaining 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is made by the Aubert family, one that has been living in the region for almost three hundred years. Amélie Aubert, who took over from her parents, is a seventh-generation winemaker with a special sense of how to tend the vines planted in both clay and gravel soils; she's made her mark with the 2014 expression, for sure. I've not made any secret of my affinity for 2014 with its classic, yet approachable flavors and even more attractive price points (especially when compared to the higher costs of '15/'16), and personally I'm always on the hunt for the next great Tuesday night Bordeaux—for those nights when I just want to pop something delicious, warm up my leftovers, and put my feet up in front of the TV. I love how the wine evolved over time, showing more than just oak and fruit with nuances of minerality like graphite and iron once it got some air into it. We kept going back to the wine later in the day to see how it evolved and we all agreed it tasted better after it had been open a few hours, so if you can decant it you'll be doing yourself a favor.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    9/29/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Clyde has done it again: found another incredible value in Bordeaux. I can't remember enjoying a Right Bank vintage as much as 2014 since at least 1998. This shares the virtues of many of the more expensive wines from 2014 that I have tasted. While the Hyot is dark, loaded with flashy coffee and plummy fruit on the nose, it is medium bodied, and has very good lift on the long finish. This Cotes De Castillon is ideal for mid-week meals!
    Top Value!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    9/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    There is an overlay of toast to this spicy and juicy gem which delivers way above its price point. There is a modern touch to the gobs of dark fruit but the balancing acidity and fine tannic structure lend length and a touch of precision and proportion. This is a great food or cocktail wine to buy by the case.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    9/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Bright flavors of bramble, black raspberry, spice, violets, leather and oak. Very smooth tannic profile and enough acid for structure and freshness. It's tasting great now, but in 5 to 10 years it will be singing!
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    9/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Hyot is located in the commune of Saint-Magne-de-Castillon adjacent to its more famous neighbor, Saint-Emilion. Its 40 hectares run from the lower slopes of the Côtes to the river Dordogne with soil types ranging from clay to sand and gravel. The vineyards are planted 70% to Merlot, 20% to Cabernet Franc, and 10% to Cabernet Sauvignon. Average vine age is 35 years. The 2014 Hyot, Côtes de Castillon is very typical of the vintage, combining lively acidity with admirable sweetness of fruit. The nose is lightly floral with hints of oak spice. On the palate, ripe red and black fruits with notes of cherry and plum, very fresh and juicy. Finishes firm with fine tannins. An exceedingly drinkable weeknight claret at a very affordable price.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    9/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    A knockout that we had tasted in January 2017, but we did not know who dropped off the sample. So we found it again on our April Bordeaux tasting and bought it on the spot. The cotes de castillon region is where you can still fine bargains in Bordeaux. This wine has a spicy, toasty aroma and the palate is all black cherry and black licorice. Superb balance and quite elegant for 2014-drinks perfectly right now. Buy cases. It has some great scores also.
    Drink from 2017 to 2029

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