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Chateau Bellevue Cotes de Castillon Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2005

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

A satellite appellation of Saint-Emilion, Candocirc;tes de Castillon produces wines of similar quality to its more famous neighbor at a much reduced price point. Merlot plays the starring role in this typical right bank Bordeaux blend: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Although still young, the texture is broad and rich with layers of black fruits peppered with a fresh, woodsy earthiness. Tannins are firm, but not drying andmdash; drinkable now or built for aging.

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Chateau Bellevue:
Acquired by Vincent Mulliez in 2004, Château BELLE-VUE results from a terroir whose history merges with that of the wine of Bordeaux. Located on the commune typically “médocaine” of Macau, yesterday seat of an active shipping industry, now famous for its vineyards, this vineyard knows a true rebirth. Château BELLE-VUE enjoyed a very good reputation from the 19t... Read more
Acquired by Vincent Mulliez in 2004, Château BELLE-VUE results from a terroir whose history merges with that of the wine of Bordeaux. Located on the commune typically “médocaine” of Macau, yesterday seat of an active shipping industry, now famous for its vineyards, this vineyard knows a true rebirth. Château BELLE-VUE enjoyed a very good reputation from the 19th century and won many awards: Gold medal in Amsterdam in 1895, as well as silver medals in Brussels (1897), Paris (1900) and Bordeaux (1907). Over the last vintages, notably since 1999, the wines of Château BELLE-VUE have been regularly distinguished with honours and medals in wine competitions and in the international press. The 10 hectare vineyard is located on a plateau with deep gravely soil (7-10 metres) adjacent to Château Giscours (Margaux AOC). The soil is naturally well drained, enabling the grapes to ripe early. Read less

External Reviews for Chateau Bellevue Cotes de Castillon Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

A satellite appellation of Saint-Emilion, Candocirc;tes de Castillon produces wines of similar quality to its more famous neighbor at a much reduced price point. Merlot plays the starring role in this typical right bank Bordeaux blend: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Although still young, the texture is broad and rich with layers of black fruits peppered with a fresh, woodsy earthiness. Tannins are firm, but not drying andmdash; drinkable now or built for aging.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

In great vintages such as 2005, the price of classified Bordeaux rises faster than you can say andldquo;Sacrandeacute; bleu!andrdquo; As wine from the famous communes become increasingly harder to afford, it only makes sense to explore the lesser known satellite appellations to save some dough. In typical years, wine from these regions is nothing to write home about, but in strong vintages many hidden gems can be uncovered for a song. This great example hails from Candocirc;tes de Castillon, Saint-Emilionandrsquo;s eastern neighbor. The wine displays very ripe aromatics of crandegrave;me de cassis, subtle strawberry, dried plum and vanilla. The mouthfeel is round and supple through the initial attack and mid-palate, offering an almost fleshy texture amid fruit flavors reminiscent of its nose. Clearly demonstrating Right Bank personality, the terrior accents of scorched earth, mineral and pen ink add complexity while bakerandrsquo;s chocolate, attributable to the new French oak, adds a further degree of silkiness.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2013

Supple and smooth, this Merlot-based blend from the Right Bank of Bordeaux is sure to please just about everyone. Bright black and red currant, laced with smoky vanilla and soft, velvety tannins on the long, dry finish. Serve with leg of lamb or roast beef.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

A satellite appellation of Saint-Emilion, Côtes de Castillon produces wines of similar quality to its more famous neighbor at a much reduced price point. Merlot plays the starring role in this typical right bank Bordeaux blend: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Although still young, the texture is broad and rich with layers of black fruits peppered with a fresh, woodsy earthiness. Tannins are firm, but not drying — drinkable now or built for aging.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

Chateau Bellevue was founded in 1998, with its oldest origins dating to the 1960s. the project is aided by Chateau Cheval Blanc’s former enologist, Gilles Paquet. 65% merlot, 30% cabernet franc, 5% cabernet sauvignon. Aged mostly in new oak barrels, 90% French oak, 10% American oak, and some Chateau Haut Brion 2nd barrels.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Good medium ruby. Superripe aromas of cherry liqueur, licorice and sweet oak. Dense and sappy on entry, then concentrated but not overly sweet in the middle, with brisk acidity framing the black cherry and licorice flavors. This boasts impressive material but today the wine comes across as a bit chunky, with slightly tough tannins. Perhaps in an awkward stage.



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