Mayne d Olivier 2008 Côtes de Castillon
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.