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2018 Chateau des Rochers Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux

2018 Chateau des Rochers Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux

When looking for value buys in the Costco wine aisle, some of our favorite finds are the small displays of random Bordeaux bottles that wedge in between other wines in the “cheap seats” (meaning the aisles of stacked wine, not wooden boxes).

If you browse through our French review pages, you can find quite a few of these. They are almost always under $10, usually highly rated and we find them to be pretty good more often than not.

Chateau des Rochers Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux

We found this one in the cheap seats for $6.99 and it fit the bill across the board, boasting a 91 point score from Wine Enthusiast. We were curious what this could deliver for $7.

In the glass the wine is a dark ruby and just screams Bordeaux off the nose with earthy, barnyard aromas; there’s a good combination of red and dark fruit, mostly dark, black cherry, blackberry, anise; the wine is dusty and dry, opening up more after a little air.

Overall, we felt it was a pretty simple wine, but a good one at that. Maybe a tad one dimensional but with basic Bordeaux character throughout.

Chateau des Rochers Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux

For Bordeaux fans looking for value, try a bottle and see if it’s your jam. For lovers of big juicy California cabs, this might be a little earthy and rustic, but for $7 it’s also not a bad way to experience new things. We’re happy we tasted it, but probably wouldn’t come back for more.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 points

Costco item number: 1638312

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Dallas, GA)

Alc. 14%

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Johnny

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

I love old world flavors and low residual sugar, so this is an amazing wine and value for me. Costco wine buyers are great at finding these European "country" wines that drink like a much better pedigree appellation. BTW, I'm down the road from you and shop at Cumberland.

Maurice Richard

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Hello I really like and appreciate your blog, I know that the wines that you evaluate are purchase at the Atlanta Costco therefore a big possibility that my Costco might not have the same wines but it brings me to the Signature label. is there a way to know the extent of their avalibility of them the wharehouse distribution or to who at are locsl store we could ask if they will have them or might order them so we can enjoy them after your grading. Good work 👍 Regards

Maurice

Editor

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Hi Maurice, and glad you enjoy the site. I really wish there was a way to tell which stores carried what wines. We include the item number at the end of every review, and often times readers will call their store and ask if they carry it by item number. Others use Costco.com chat to inquire. Not ideal I know, but those are the main ways I've heard from readers. Otherwise, it's like anything else at Costco...part of the "Costco Hunt"

Debbie Shahvar

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Love your reviews. As I read the WineEnthusiast review it says this wine is crunchy. What does that mean? I’ve never heard a wine described that way. Hoping you can provide some insight. Thanks Debbie Shahvar

Editor

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

can't say for sure, that's an interesting one

kevin mahon

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Any time I see earthy barnyard aromas in the description, I am disappointed. I did buy a bottle and agree it was much better after sitting for an hour in the decanter as opposed to tasting it when first opened.