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Mayne d Olivier 2008 Côtes de CastillonThe finest terroir of Cotes de Castillon is located on the plateau with large deposits of limestone and clay soils. Further down the slopes, you find more clay, gravel and sand. On the plateau, the soils are similar to that which you find in some of the best St. Emilion terroirs. The least desirable terroir is located close to the Dordogne river, with its alluvial soils.
As Cotes de Castillon is devoted solely to the production of red wine, the dominant grape varieties planted in Cotes de Castillon are Merlot and Cabernet Franc . Although close to 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in the region’s vineyards as well. Other Bordeaux grapes are also planted in the region. Small plantings of Malbec , Petit Verdot and Carmenere can be found. The vines at the best estates are old. There are numerous vineyards with old vines that average 50 years of age in the Cotes de Castillon appellation. The region takes its name from the famous battle of Castillon battle, which was fought in 1453. Centered close to the Castillon la Bataille, that deadly fight helped end the hundred years war between England and France.