Domaine de l’A is owned by Stephane Derenoncourt and Christine Derenoncourt. The estate in Cotes de Bordeaux acctually with 10 hectares was founded in 1999. The Domaine is located in the commune of Sainte-Colombe in the Cotes de Castillon appellation, just due east of St. Emilion – close to some very good St. Emilion estates. The average age of the vines is close to 35 years of age, although the vineyard has some very old vines that are between 60 and 70 years of age. Domaine de l’A strives to do as much biodynamic farming as possible. Sustainable farming is a practice the owner, who believes deeply in for his own vineyards, and in many of the vineyards he consults for.

Tasting Notes

A fabulous sleeper of the vintage from the home estate of winemaking consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, this blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of coffee, blackberries, cassis, smoke, and earth. Seriously-endowed, opulent, and full-bodied, this hedonistic 2005 should drink beautifully for 10-12 years.