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Château Bel Air Blanc Réserve Entre Deux Mers Bordeaux 2012

Member Review by ChipDWood:

(THIS) Chateau Bel-Air, owned by M. Jean Pierre Musset (currently being run by his son Dominique) is located in the very Southeast portion of Lalande-de-Pomerol, just across the river Barbanne, from the most renowned merlot-growing bastion of clay soils in the world, of Pomerol. Check out the map to see what I mean... http://www.snooth.com/winery/m-jean-pierre-musset/?t=map Prep: I decanted this wine for about 15 minutes, knowing I had a good five hours to allow it to open into its fullest potential, and that I was pouring into thimbles, the size of your thumb. We do what we can. Once the alcohol blew off the nose that rose from that decanter was as rich and soil-driven as they come. Intense with a mash of black fruits, hints of anise- all kinds of goodness. Back into the bottle it went. After pouring (and sampling to follow its evolution), I found the wine to truly open into its fullest expression after about two hours. While tight before that, at least it was loose enough to be enjoyed- so I agree again with Mr. Coates (which, frankly concerning my position in the world, is not the wrong thing to do) that even for the vintage being 2006 (a "90T" by Parker for Pomerol- just across the river)- the 2006 Chateau Bel-Air from Lalande-de-Pomerol while young, is more accessible than I had previously feared. While in its wheelhouse: The nose is alive and aggressive-yet-plush. It's loaded with minerality (the soils being described as more of a sandy/clay mixture than those of Pomerol) and again- even though young was very approachable. The approach itself on the palate had developed into a mouth-coating, chewy experience that hung upon the mid-palate bearing dark cherry, cassis, and a velvety texture more typcial for a wine that's had more time to mature in the bottle. All of it led to an incredibly well-rounded finish that left a trail of stones, violets and other flowers behind, leading me right back to the nose. For a wine that is so ready to drink (after some prep of course)- this $25 drinks like a $35, easy, and by the end of the tasting we ran our entire supply all the way down to a single bottle- saying something for the price, the thickness of the wine, and the kind of hot, humid day that it was. 4/5, or to put a Parkery # on it: 90. If you enjoy merlot but don't want to pay Pomerol prices, do not own your own helicopter, or see this puppy for under $25 anywhere- snatch it up.

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Snooth User: ChipDWood
838841,013
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/29/2010

(THIS) Chateau Bel-Air, owned by M. Jean Pierre Musset (currently being run by his son Dominique) is located in the very Southeast portion of Lalande-de-Pomerol, just across the river Barbanne, from the most renowned merlot-growing bastion of clay soils in the world, of Pomerol. Check out the map to see what I mean... http://www.snooth.com/winery/m-jean-pierre-musset/?t=map Prep: I decanted this wine for about 15 minutes, knowing I had a good five hours to allow it to open into its fullest potential, and that I was pouring into thimbles, the size of your thumb. We do what we can. Once the alcohol blew off the nose that rose from that decanter was as rich and soil-driven as they come. Intense with a mash of black fruits, hints of anise- all kinds of goodness. Back into the bottle it went. After pouring (and sampling to follow its evolution), I found the wine to truly open into its fullest expression after about two hours. While tight before that, at least it was loose enough to be enjoyed- so I agree again with Mr. Coates (which, frankly concerning my position in the world, is not the wrong thing to do) that even for the vintage being 2006 (a "90T" by Parker for Pomerol- just across the river)- the 2006 Chateau Bel-Air from Lalande-de-Pomerol while young, is more accessible than I had previously feared. While in its wheelhouse: The nose is alive and aggressive-yet-plush. It's loaded with minerality (the soils being described as more of a sandy/clay mixture than those of Pomerol) and again- even though young was very approachable. The approach itself on the palate had developed into a mouth-coating, chewy experience that hung upon the mid-palate bearing dark cherry, cassis, and a velvety texture more typcial for a wine that's had more time to mature in the bottle. All of it led to an incredibly well-rounded finish that left a trail of stones, violets and other flowers behind, leading me right back to the nose. For a wine that is so ready to drink (after some prep of course)- this $25 drinks like a $35, easy, and by the end of the tasting we ran our entire supply all the way down to a single bottle- saying something for the price, the thickness of the wine, and the kind of hot, humid day that it was. 4/5, or to put a Parkery # on it: 90. If you enjoy merlot but don't want to pay Pomerol prices, do not own your own helicopter, or see this puppy for under $25 anywhere- snatch it up.


Snooth User: NYNM
6193174
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/23/2010

Smooth, easy to drink, slight body.


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/13/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Francophile
3013543
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/21/2007

Lovely St. Emilion -- Dark and purple in the glass with a tarry thick bouquet. Fruity punch immediately followed by dry tannic complexity. Warm down the throat, full mouthed flavour. Great on its own and with rare red meats.


Snooth User: jlmacv
4112623
3.50 5
Vintage: 2001 01/16/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: bluskin
419847
4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 01/27/2008

outstanding QPR! Cherries on the nose, medium body, nice finish


Snooth User: Hottube
9552332
4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 10/15/2011

Not too dry, woody earthy taste, currant on the nose..


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External Reviews for Château Bel Air Blanc Réserve Entre Deux Mers Bordeaux

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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2010 06/17/2013

Klares, tiefes Rot. In der Nase Aromen von reifen Früchten, Gewürzen, Vanille und einem leichten Röstaroma. Im Gaumen vollmundig, mit einem eleganten Abgang.


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Vintage: 2006 05/23/2011

Well-known for producing consistently high quality wine. Well structured, finely balanced, with an easy, accessible quality.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 09/27/2011

Black, superripe flavors of fig fill this smooth merlot (blended with small amounts of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec). It's full, almost fat, delivering a lot of wine without feeling too pushed. There's supple fruit and black, mineral tannin in the finish that will add flavor depth to beef tenderloin, seared red.


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Vintage: 2006 05/23/2011

A surprisingly old style, dense, thick, rustic wine, the 1989 Bel Air possesses gobs of fruit, plenty of mouth-coating glycerin, and some tough tannins in the long finish. If it ever fully pulls itself together, my score will look stingy.



<p>In the heart of the Lussac Saint-Emilion appellation, Ch&acirc;teau Bel-Air comprises 30 unbroken hectares, including 21 hectares of vines.The vineyard stands on a wide plateau of clay with areas of silica gravel; the subsoil is made of clay and iron pan and produces &nbsp;70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc grapes.</p>

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