Deep, blood-red color. Pleasant, blackcurrant (cassis) and lightly sugared fruit on the nose. The attack is a bit unpleasantly tannic. Oak seems in balance. Nevertheless, satisfactory, almost new-world flavor if not particularly reminiscent of the Medoc. A possible crowd-pleaser (due to new world fruit-forward style) that has reasonable value in today's market and is fairly well made. However, there is not much finesse or elegance. But overall, a much better wine than some amateur reviews might indicate. Good for immediate consumption and over the next couple of years.
The 2005 Château Belle-Vue Haut Médoc presents a deep, inky red color in the glass, with some brightness around the edges. The nose is quintessential Bordeaux, with hints of vanilla, spice, leather and cedar. There's also a hint of smoke that seems to tie everything together. The taste presents some early hints of ripe fruit which quickly gives way to a gravel and a bit of jamminess midpalate. The tannins are somewhat sharp still providing for a long, dry and satisfying finish. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2012/07/2005-chateau-belle-vue-haut-medoc.html
External Reviews for Château Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc
A dense ruby/purple robe with a powerful nose of oak and berry fruit. Medium bodied on the palate, it is an elegant expressive oaked wine with typical characteristics. Fresh crisp finish.
A deep impenetrable robe is the first indication that the 2003 Chateau Belle-Vue Haut-Medoc is no ordinary Bordeaux. And the wine's flamboyant, almost exotic bouquet confirms the hypothesis. Reminiscent of top-notch Margaux or even Pomerol in this vintage, the 2005 Chateau Belle-Vue captivates the nose with scents of wild berries, creme de cassis, scorched earth, and lush woodlands. On the palate this warm, flavorful claret unfolds slowly and methodically, but the end result makes it well worth the wait. Lush, smooth, well-integrated flavors conjure the essences of blackberry, coffee, and vanilla as they glide harmoniously across the palate. They are followed by a wave of sweet tannins, transfused with mocha and plum. Although gentle and hedonistic from the moment the cork exits the bottle, the 2003 Chateau Belle-Vue is persistent on the palate and never misses a beat. Just give it some time to breathe (an hour is not too long) and you will be well rewarded. Gently and without fanfare, this charming well-balance claret works its magic. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012.
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One of the few Bordeaux wines to include Carmenere in the blend, Belle-Vue's final blend in 2005 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, and 3% Carmenere. It reveals more tannin than most of the "big little wines" in this report, along with great fruit, medium body, and plenty of character. Give it another six months of bottle age, and enjoy it over the following 7-8. RP #178 Aug 2008