L’Aurage is a Merlot from the Côtes de Castillon. Bordering Saint-Émilion, this region represents an incredible value proposition for Bordeaux. Opulent and seductive, the wine is deep crimson in the glass. A beguiling sweet, peppery nose meets a palate rich with aromatics. You’ll taste red fruit, sweet cherries, and pudding spice, all wrapped up with silky mouthfeel and rounded texture.
Those with a passion for Bordeaux are likely to know the name ‘Mitjaville’. The family owns two other renowned Bordeaux Château–Tertre-Roteboeuf Saint-Émilion and Roc de Cambes in the Côtes de Bourgin. Current patriarch Louis Mitjaville inherited his title from father François, who launched his career when his wife inherited Tertre-Roteboeuf in the 1970s.
Medium deep colour. Fresh red currant, ripe strawberry aromas with a touch of linseed. Lovely strawberry, red cherry herb flavours, beautiful supple richness, and silky textures. Finishes chalky firm with pure fruit strawberry, herb notes. Spectacularly good with seductive fruit complexity and beautiful mineral length. Tasted at Ch Tertre Rotebeouf.
Once again, I was impressed with Louis Mitjavile's Domaine de L'Aurage. Dark, supple and expressive, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Succulent red cherry, red plum, rose petal, mint and sweet spice are all pushed forward, with soft contours that give the wine much of its engaging and welcoming personality.
The 2016 Domaine de l'Aurage, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, offers plenty of red cherry and strawberry fruit on the nose, with the oak nicely integrated. It is actually quite Burgundy-like in style. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins, plenty of confit-like fruit with a gentle grip on the finish. Enjoy this lovely Côtes de Castillon from the Mitjavile family over the next 5-7 years.
"The 2016 Domaine de l’Aurage is the recently introduced Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux by Louis Mitjavile, son of François Mitjavile of Tertre-Rôteboeuf. It has a pure, seductive bouquet of strawberry pastille, morello cherries and touches of blood orange and crème de cassis. The medium-bodied palate is well balanced and offers supple tannin, a judicious sprinkling of white pepper and oregano and a feisty, joyful finish that exudes energy. There is a straightforwardness to this L’Aurage that I like. A wine determined to give pleasure. 2022-2035"
91 Points, Vinous
Even better, the 2016 Domaine de L'Aurage shows slightly better oak integration than the 2015 as well as a more classic feel in its medium to full body, seamless texture, loads of blue fruits, and complex notes of toasted bread, graphite, and spice. It’s another awesome wine from the Mitjavile family that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15-20 years.
94 points, jebdunnuck.com (February 2019)