2016 d'Arce, Côtes de Castillon SKU #1372135

Price: $19.99

JD 92 JS 90-91 RP 89-91
WS 88-91 VN 90
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Professional Reviews

K&L Notes

This is one of those bottles that you could easily pass up on the shelf, if you didn’t know who’s behind it. In fact, newer though it is, with the Garcin-Lévêque expertise driving this Château, it’s definitely one of the best values in the store. What do you need to know about the wine? This is a classic right bank blend—mostly Merlot with some Cabernet Franc. It’s a great example of 2016 finesse, without being overly ripe or unbalanced. It’s charming, vibrant and elegant with a good depth of fruit, and also subtly structured with fine-grain tannin and fresh acidity. It’s easy to drink right off the bat without having to cellar it for years.

Staff Reviews

  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This is only the third vintage of this wine and since we have carried all three I can safely say it has quickly become one of the most elegant wines of the Cotes de Castillon appellation, an area known more for richness than finesse. Although this has a slightly darker profile than other vintages it is still primarily red fruited with hints of spice and toast. This shows amazing poise and pedigree for an under $20 bottle and is delicious to drink right now. These wines keep getting better and better.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic 2016. 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.
  • Muriel Sarik
    By: Muriel Sarik
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a wonderful, easy drinking Bordeaux wine. I found it juicy and savory. Juicy because it had ripe fruit held up by some good acid and the savory notes were like poaching that ripe fruit in warm spices and herbs. What a treat at this price.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    In the middle of a substantial line-up of Bordeaux, the ’16 d’Arche was a stand out for many of the staff. I had to double check my tasting sheet for the price. $20 is a wonderfully low tariff to pay for a wine of such quality. This is the kind of wine that’s going to win over an entirely new generation of fans to Bordeaux. The wine possesses good structure (consisting of 90% Merlot) but it’s still accessible enough to drink now. The 10% Cabernet Franc lends a helping hand adding a secondary level of aromatic complexity and flavor beyond the gorgeous primary red berry fruit from the Merlot. I strongly recommend this wine.
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    K&L Staff Member
    From the smaller but important Côtes de Castillon, Hélène Garcin-Lévêque and family bring us an elegant, straight-forward and delicious wine. Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this wine showcases wonderful ripe dark fruit notes with hints of mocha and coffee. This wine is incredibly approachable with it's soft tannins and fresh acidity and is sure to please at all times of the year.
    Drink from 2018 to 2025
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Much as I loved the 2015 vintage of this wine, the 2016 is even better! A little more classically structured, with more restrained red fruit on the palate, this wine is a gorgeous example of the quality that Chateau d'Arce maintains, despite the inexpensive pricing. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a great Bordeaux in the $20 range.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an outstanding standout among our early 2016 red Bordeaux. It has rich raspberry and dark cherry fruits with licorice, a hint of toast and serious structure from the tannins and acid…it is displaying the balance and finesse of the ’16 vintage very well.


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