Château Hyot Cotes de Castillon Réserve Red Blend 2012
By International Wine Report
CHÂTEAU HYOT Cotes de Castillon 'Reserve' 2012
Report Date: June, 2014
Suggested Price: $50
Drinking Window: 2016-2021
Producer: Château Hyot
Appellation: Côtes de Castillon
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
The 2012 Château Hyot 'Reserve' is composed of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines up to 100-years-old in the Castillon region of Bordeaux. It delivers lovely aromas of dark cherries and blackberries woven together with tobacco, spices, toast, mint and minerals. This shows a lovely balance of fruit and acidity backed by a velvety texture that carries on through the lingering finish. The addition of the Cabernet Franc adds another layer of complexity to the 'Reserve' blend. Overall a very solid effort from winemaker Amélie Aubert and consultant Michel Rolland. (Best 2016-2021) - June, 2014 (JD)
By Serge Dore Selection
Chateau Hyot Reserve 2012 Cotes de Bordeaux - Castillon
60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Hyot Réserve showcases the masterful skill of winemaker Amélie Aubert and consultant Michel Rolland. The wine is a Merlot-based blend from a special selection of up to 100-year-old vines planted in the graves soils of the Castillon appellation, formed by very ancient mineral deposits of the river. This type of soil pushes the vine to root itself deeply, and by its weak water retention enables an early ripening of the fruit. The deep roots really implant themselves in the original soil below any man-made alterations to give a full expression of the terroir, and the older vines bring a great deep color to the wine. Cabernet Franc brings sophisticated aromas and silky tannins, and a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon delivers a structural backbone. A deep respect for the vine is the driving force behind winemaker Amelie Aubert’s philosophy and approach to making wine. “Quality is not possible with quantity,” she explains, “and I want my wine to capture the essence of this fantastic terroir.” A deep ruby color, with a clear shine, reveals a structured nose of magnificent ripe fruit with hints of pepper. Remarkable balance and soft, silky tannins sustain a long, memorable finish.
The ALAIN AUBERT vineyards are a true family wine estate. The estates are run by Alain and Bernadette AUBERT with the help of their three daughters and one of their sons-in-law. Amelie Aubert is specialized in vine growing and wine making, and is a certified oenologist. I recently called her to talk about her winemaking philosophy. “The soils,” she began, and I could practically hear her smile, “we’ve been working the soils, aerating the soils, really caring for them, to provide the vines with maximum nourishment.” Healthy grapes are the key to success, she explained. “We are farmers above all, and with minimal intervention, we want to produce the best quality grapes.”
Appellation: Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon
Varieties: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: Selection of 45 year old vines on avg. (some up to 100 years old) in gravelly sand/clay soils. The terroir of Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux offers top quality soil for growing vines:
-On the side of the hills and on the plateau, the soil is composed of clay and limestone, with some sandstone. The wines produced here are concentrated and powerful.
-At the bottom of the hills, on the alluvial terrace, closer to the river, the soil contains more silt and sand, with stones. The wines here are smoother, charming and pleasant.
Farming/Winemaking: Green harvest. Grapes are hand-picked, plot by plot, then meticulously sorted and de-stemmed before placement in stainless steel vats with temperature control. To extract colour and polyphenol cold maceration is done for 1 week, and a gentle extraction during 3 weeks. Aged in 60% new French barrels for 20 months for micro oxygenation to introduce oxygen naturally in wine.
Yield: 35 hl/ha
Imported by Serge Dore Selections