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.
Polished and firm with fine tannins that provide form and beauty to this wine. Medium-bodied, creamy and attractive. Classy.
(92-93) points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2021)
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Domaine de l'Aurage charges out of the gate with rambunctious scents of baked black plums, stewed black cherries and blackberry pie, with underlying suggestions of tar, unsmoked cigars, crushed rocks and cardamom. The full-bodied palate is rich with generous black fruit layers and an achingly plush texture, supported by a refreshing backbone and finishing with great length and loads of exotic spice accents.
(91-93) points, Wine Advocate (May 2021)
The 2020 L’Aurage, the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux owned by the Mitjavile family, has a very attractive, ebullient bouquet of vibrant morello cherries, dark plums, blood orange and light vanilla-y scents, all very well integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a silky smooth texture, finely pitched acidity and good substance on the finish. It will require 2–3 years to absorb the new oak, but this could be Mitjavile’s dark horse of the vintage.
(91-93) points, Vinous (May 2021)