2015 D'Arce, Côtes de Castillon SKU #1285405


Club Price: $14.99
RP 90-92 JS 90 WS 88-91
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K&L Notes

A new property in the Cote de Castillion for the Garcin-Leveque family, of Barde-Haut fame, that has been given the same treatment as their other outstanding estates. Planted to 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc, the vines are farmed oragnic and sustainably and the fruit is all handpicked each vintage. 2014 was the first vintage for the husband and wife team of Hélène Garcin-Lévêque and Patrice Lévêque, and the 2015 improves upon the great success they acheived with D'Arce right off the bat. The wines represent an outstanding value both for short term cellaring and drinking. This is a hot property to keep an eye on.

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Very accessible young Bordeaux and a perfect example of the much acclaimed '15 vintage. Ripe red fruits backed by moderate tannins, a savory note and a touch of fine oak.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic 2015. Don't let the low price scare you away. This reminds me of the 1997 Cantemerle: it drinks great young, but will age (if you can keep your hands off it.) Wild spicy berry and floral character. Full-bodied, with soft tannins. Two Thumbs up !!!
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    Another great chance to try the fantastic 2015 vintage. The d'Arce is a pleasing, juicy wine with elegant notes of coffee, cherries, plums, with very velvety tannins. Very versatile and completely drinkable from the get go.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2015 vintage produced plenty of charming, easy to like wines but here’s one that is easy to love. This is primarily Merlot, so it's soft and supple, full of deep red fruits, velvety tannins and energetic acidity. It's structured and balanced, the grapes are hand picked, organic, sustainable and no SO2 was added to preserve the wine. With all this for just $15.99, what's not to love?
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    A very recent addition to the stable of Right Bank properties owned and managed by Helene Garcin-Leveque yet her influence is already felt in this charming 2015 Bordeaux blend from the Cotes de Castillon. Quality to rank among the best in the appellation. Sweet ripe fruit and a lush texture in a well-balanced, crowd-pleasing style that will make for superb near to medium term drinking. On y va!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I love this wine from the Garcin family, the folks behind Barde-Haut and L'Eglise on Bordeaux's Right Bank. It's a perfect expression of everything I enjoy about the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux. The flavors are delicate and fruit-driven, but they're pretty rather than punchy. The red fruits are pure, accented with mineral notes and a core of clean acidity, and the tannins are elegantly structured. We tasted this with Helene Garcin at the property this past Spring and I loved it then, but the wine is really showing its splendor right now. Not only is it delicious, it's also versatile. It's rich enough to pair with beef, but juicy enough for chicken and pork as well. It's a wine I could drink everyday for the price, yet also one that tastes serious enough to bring to a dinner party. It's the type of Bordeaux I never want to be without and it's a fantastic preview of what's to come from 2015. For those of you who want to get your feet wet in the genre, this is a classically-styled wine that delivers serious bang for the buck.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    What a great discovery on that eventful Saturday afternoon at Château Barde Haut with Helene Garcin Leveque. D'Arce is a new property for Helene:7.5 hectares in nearby Castillon planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine emanates with meaty aromas and smoky bacon undertones. The palate is full of sweet black cherry fruit, lush on the finish. The wine tastes so good right now, but it will cellar well for several years. You can have it both ways with the 2015 D'Arce.
    Drink from 2017 to 2022
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    It's certainly a more modern iteration from Bordeaux, but full of pretty red fruit and blueberry notes. The palate is lush and soft with a lot of fruit up front; it then moves into licorice, dark currant and dried herbs. The finish is elegant with touch of grip on the back end. Great little weeknight sipper.


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