Château Belle-Vue 2010 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

Belle-Vue is a rising star in Medoc and has seen its reputation growing at a very fast pace over the last few years. It is well known among wine lovers - who often argue that it is of a similar quality to some classified growths - for its increasing quality year after year, while keeping a reasonable and steady price. The use of a relatively high proportion of the Petit Verdot Grape makes it particularly subtle and elegant. The 2010 vintage is probably the greatest success of Château Belle-Vue...

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Belle-Vue is a rising star in Medoc and has seen its reputation growing at a very fast pace over the last few years. It is well known among wine lovers - who often argue that it is of a similar quality to some classified growths - for its increasing quality year after year, while keeping a reasonable and steady price. The use of a relatively high proportion of the Petit Verdot Grape makes it particularly subtle and elegant.

The 2010 vintage is probably the greatest success of Château Belle-Vue. With an astonishing complexity for its category, it is already delicious and will last for several years. Not surprising that Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson have given it such high marks (89 and 17).

You probably got it by now - Château Belle-Vue 2010 comes highly recommended by Your Sommelier.
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
DomainChâteau Belle-VueEyeDark and intense red garnet
Vintage2010Nose Black fruits and a hint of wood
AppellationHaut-Médoc Cru BourgeoisMouthMedium to full-bodied mouthfeel with silky tannins
AreaBordeaux and a slightly mineral finish
ColourRedDrink fromNow
GrapesCabernet Sauvignon (50%)Drink before2020
 Merlot (30%) Petit Verdot (20%)Open 2 hours before
TypeDryDrinking temperature15-16°C
    
Food pairing
A great match with game meat and then a dark chocolate tart or fondant
 
A word about the domain
This Château of the Haut-Médoc, along with Châteaux de Gironville and Bolaire, was bought in 2004 by Vincent Mulliez who unfortunately died prematurely and left the Châteaux to his wife Isabelle who has been managing it since. The wines of Belle-Vue, always very dense and elegant, have been praised by the critics and the wine lovers for years as probably one of the best non-classified wines of the Médoc area and the 2010 vintage has definitely benefit from both the excellent weather conditions and the know-how of the team at the Châteaux to become a gem in this category.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Dessauve: 2* (Serious and steady production)

About the wine
Jancis Robinson: 17 (tasted in Oct 2012)
"A hint of oak and a whole load of pleasure on the nose. High notes and something mineral. Lots of chew on the end – almost like a wine grown on schist! Very fine. Complex."

Wine Spectator: 91 (Issue: Mar 31, 2013)
"Coated with suave toast and packed with ripe linzer torte, boysenberry and blackberry fruit, this displays great drive and energy, with mouthwatering anise and graphite driving the long finish. A lovely expression of the modern style. Drink now through 2020"

Robert Parker: 89 (Wine Advocate #205, Feb 2013)
"Another sleeper of the vintage from the southern tier of the Medoc, this wine is an exclusivity of Jeffrey M. Davies’ Signature Selections. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a whopping 20% Petit Verdot, the 2010 from this big property is a classy wine exhibiting impressive ripeness, a textured, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and oodles of cedary black currant fruit intermixed with tobacco leaf, licorice and incense. Complex, evolved and already drinking well, this wine should continue to offer considerable consumer appeal for at least 5-7 years."

Decanter: 16.5 (April 2011)
“Rich black berry fruits, elegantly extracted and good length, an elegant, polished wine. Drink 2014-20”

La Revue du Vin de France: 17/20
Le Guide Hachette des Vins: 2* (Remarquable wine)
Bettane & Dessauve: 16.0
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil typeCorsed texture and deep gravel
MaturingOak barrels (40% new barrels)
Aging15 months in barrels
Production108,000 bottles
BottledJanuary 2012
Alcohol13.5%

 

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