This fruit-forward wine displays a fine ruby color, with aromas highlighting small black fruit (black currants, blackberries), and a touch of spice that is both fine and discreet. Elegant, supple tannins on the palate give the wine a tender character. These qualities make this an easy drinking wine which can be appreciated early, although it can easily age for another two to four years. Food matches such as grilled red meats, lightly-spiced charcuterie, and poultry make it a true Ctes de Castillon, an appellation on the rise. Medium-bodied, it just pumps out the ripe fruit flavors braced by just the right amount of tobacco, earth, and mineral undertones, all brought together by just the right touch of vanilla and acidity on the finish. The vineyard of Chteau Sainte Colombe, planted with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, extends over a clay and limestone soil of 40 hectares where small yields and optimal maturity give this wine its aromatic structure.