For fans of voluptuous but elegant Bordeaux the name ‘Mitjavile’ has a special kind of aura. Since the seventies Francois Mitjavile has built a fanatic fanbase for his garagiste-quantity wines from his Right Bank estates Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf, Roc de Cambes and Domaine de Cambes. And having been raised at the Grand Cru Tertre Roteboeuf, it is no surprise that Francois’ son Louis wanted to make a name for himself as well. Which is why in 2007, after an extensive career as winemaker at other estates, he acquired the small Domaine de l’Aurage in Cotes de Castillon. L’Aurage is situated at a high altitude right at the border of Saint-Emilion, with which it shares its argil-calcaire terroir.
Domaine L’Aurage Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2014
Vinification: 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc hand-harvested at maximum ripeness, vinified in traditional concrete vats and aged in 80% new French oak barrels.
Character: Domaine l’Aurage 2014 is medium bodied, with good freshness to the fruit, softness to the textures and ample sweetness, the wine is forward, juicy and almost crisp, with more red than black fruit and licorice in the finish. Serve it as an aperitif, with chalky goat’s cheese, with seafood salads or fish a with light (butter) sauce. Think clean and green flavours but hold back a bit on the acidity