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|It is so rare to find a St-Emilion Grand Cru of that quality at that price that it would be a shame to miss it! The high proportion of Merlot (90%) makes it a very round and feminine wine, while the cabernet ensures a good structure. On the palate, concentrated aromas of red and black fruit dominate and the floral touch adds to the complexity. A 12-month period of oak ageing gives a very smooth and slightly spiced finish with subtle tannins.
All in all, the domain has managed to produce a very well balanced and complex bottle in the great 2010 vintage – one of the best vintages ever in Bordeaux.
|Wine Characteristics||Tasting and cellaring|
|Domain||Château Béard La Chapelle||Eye||Deep purple colour|
|Vintage||2010||Nose||Blackcurrant and vanilla aromas lifted by a fresh note of aniseed|
|Appellation||Saint-Emilion Grand Cru||Mouth||Opulent, round and well-balanced with rich black fruit flavours|
|Area||Bordeaux||and a long silky mineral finish|
|Grapes||Merlot (90%), Cabernet Franc (7%)||Drink before||2022|
|Cabernet Sauvignon (3%)||Open||2 hours before, best if decanted|
|Definitely a wine for a meal, preferably on a grilled red meat and cheese. Tournedos Rossini and Camembert would be Your Sommelier's perfect match for this lovely Saint Emilion.|
|A word about the domain|
|The Chateau has been in the same family for 9 generations, the last two of them having done a tremendous amount of work to build its current reputation. In 1980, Richard Moureau decided to integrate his parents' parcels to expand the domain. The subsequent 1981 vintage was such a success that he received the honours from Saint-Emilion. In 2006, his son Franck took over as winemaker, along with his sister Laurence in charge of sales development. They have worked very hard to make the Chateau a success, investing in new equipment but also in conducting traditional winemaking techniques and improving the care given to the vines. Today Château Béard La Chappelle is an incredible value for money Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, a rising star within the appellation and definitely a Château to follow in the coming years!|
|What experts say|
|About the wine
Wine Spectator: 87 (Issue: Web Only - 2013)
"Savory and sage hints lead the way in this version, with dark plum and bitter black cherry fruit at the core. Presents a lightly firm, charcoal-tinged finish."
Gilbert & Gaillard: 88/100
"Deeply-coloured with crimson highlights. Nose of red fruits entwined with violet accents. On the palate, a more exotic style suggestive of vanilla and eucalyptus. Lovely fleshy wine with stuffing, balance yet also a measure of persistency."
Bronze Medal 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
|And finally for the wine geeks…|
|Soil||Clay and limestone soils on the slopes of Saint Emilion|
|Age of vines||40 years old|
|Harvest||Manual and mechanical|