Château Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2011
Finally a modern-style, excellent quality Claret that is affordable to all but the indigent. Bottled in heavy glass weighty enough to bring down a nasty criminal, this wine opens up with an inviting plum, smoke and coffee nose. Almost black, it is deeper, more integrated and satisfying than either its neighbor Gironville or prior vintages. The entry is smooth and luscious with delicious black fruit and coffee. The Petit Verdot component works well - contrary to comments ascribed to Peter Sichel on this variety. Excellent value and approachable now.Add winemaker's notes
The estate was founded in 1996 when the owner of Chateau Gironnville,Remy Fouin, took 11 hectares of vineyard to create a new estate.It is located in Macau,about 10 miles north of the City of Bordeaux close to Chateau Gisours of Margaux and the Gironde estuary.It was bought by a Vincent Mulliez in 2004 and he invested a great deal of time,,effort and money before his untimely death at the age of 44 in 2010.It is now owned and run by his widow Isabelle
Finally a modern-style, excellent quality Claret that is affordable to all but the indigent. Bottled in heavy glass weighty enough to bring down a nasty criminal, this wine opens up with an inviting plum, smoke and coffee nose. Almost black, it is deeper, more integrated and satisfying than either its neighbor Gironville or prior vintages. The entry is smooth and luscious with delicious black fruit and coffee. The Petit Verdot component works well - contrary to comments ascribed to Peter Sichel on this variety. Excellent value and approachable now.
This petit chateau was a sneak preview for the local 2007 Bordeaux Release officially due next weekend. Though not quite as structured as the 2005, this modern Haut-Medoc wine is cherry-black and redolent of coffee, cola, Western Red Cedar smoke and crushed blackberry. These appealing scents couple nicely with a slight acerbity on entry - but no forward tannin to speak of. Finish is medium and warm. Easy drinking, though strongly flavored. Petit Verdot and Carmenere in the blend.
Very bitter when first opened. It mellowed after about an hour, but was very boring. Absent of fruit.
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
I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/75166 for £15.Haut-Medoc is a large AOC set up in 1936 for wines produced in 15 communes on the eastern side of the Medoc peninsular stretching nearly 40 miles north of the City of Bordeaux.It is an 'umbrella' AOC because it includes several smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Pauillac and Margaux.Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers drained the salt marshes and it now includes som,e of the world's greatest wine estates. Chateau Belle-Vue is an 11 hectare estate next to Chateau Gisours in Margaux and close to the Gironde estuary now run by Isabelle Mulliez.The wine consists of 40% cabernet sauvignon,34% merlot,25% petit verdot and 1% carmenere and is aged in oak barrels.The high percentage of petit verdot is quite unusual. I started my bottle on Saturday night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it. I thought it particularly dark in colour.There is plenty of fairly concentrated blackcurrant ,blackcherry,cherry and licorice style fruit and also a noticable smokey feel on the finish. The tannins were soft but gave sufficent structure. I am not the only one to like this wine because the well known wine critic Robert Parker gave this 2004 vintage it 88 of his points
External Reviews for Château Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc
Nice, ripe, saturated feel, with lots of cassis and crushed plum fruit coursing along, and mouthwatering spice and graphite kicking in on the finish. Very tasty.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Belle Vue 750ml
50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, and 20% petit verdot. Planted in deep, gravelly soils situated just south of a jalle (drainage ditch) - that separates Belle-Vue from Giscours. Table-sorted and, after a 25-day cold soak, fermented in stainless wit... Andy Frieden. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Belle Vue 750ml
In a somewhat tragic twist, this over-achieving cru bourgeois in Haut-Medoc has turned in its finest wine to date, an unfined cuvee made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot, created by the late proprietor Vincent Mulliez, who... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Belle Vue 750ml
A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Belle Vue 750ml
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<p>The Hotel Belle-Vue in Bhamboudan Village, where the winery of Chateau Belle Vue is now located, was first built in 1860. The first vineyards were planted in 2000. Chateau Belle-Vue has a strong dedication to social awareness, with endeavors including donating money to scholarships for local children in need, and supporting the Belle-Vue Community Library.</p>
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