Typical of the concentrated wines from the Cotes de Castillon, Chateau Portillon has strong blackcurrant notes. It is made by the award winning local cooperative La Corderie in Saint Magne de Castillon near historic Castillon la Bataille (named for the battle that brought an end to the Hundred Years War). This beautiful region is a fabulous source of tremendous wines with some of Bordeaux’s most talented wine producers investing in the area (including Gerard Perse of Premier Cru Chateau Pavie, Count Von Neipperg of Premier Cru Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere and the famous consultant Stephane Derenoncourt). This corner of Bordeaux is definitely one to watch out for and we are pleased to be the first to introduce this gorgeous Claret to the UK.
The Cotes de Castillon lie east of Saint Emilion and south of Fronsac on the right bank of the river. These days the old battlefields across the rolling hillsides and gentle valleys are covered in vines. The region is steeped in history with the ruins of Roman villas lying under early churches and great fortified chateaux in stunning countryside. Vestiges of the Gallo Roman past lie not only in the soil but in the Saints names of the villages: Saint Magne de Castillon owed its growth to the monks who came to settle in large numbers there in the 11th century. It’s namesake was Saint Magnus of Avignon – a Gallo-Roman senator.
As an aromatic and full bodied wine Portillon pairs well with traditional roasts and game but it is also lovely with herb laced dishes, pesto pastas, macaroni cheese, spaghetti carbonara, roasted aubergines and moussaka.