Another great property on the Left Bank that screams value. Chateau Belle-Vue's proximity to the Margaux appellation explains why the wines, vintage after vintage, have a delicate, Margaux-like quality. It sits just south of one of the original drainage ditches from Chateau Giscours, and boasts Classified Growths La Lagune and Cantemerle as neighbors. Last year, we sold out of our Belle-Vue futures quickly, and when we tried to order more, were told that first tranche pricing was sold out. Tranches? For a Haut-Medoc? Indeed.
(Tasted 4/1/11 @ negociant): "Fresh ripe fruit and spice, well integrated oak aromas. Palate is big and rich, expressive fruit and lively acidity. Great structure, as the tannins hold the finish altogether. A great barrel sample." - Peter Zavialoff, Staff.
Robert Parker's note: One of the finest over-achievers in the southern Medoc, Belle-Vue is a 36-acre vineyard situated close to Giscours. The 2010's final blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a whopping 20% Petit Verdot hit 13.5% natural alcohol. The wine boasts a dense purple color along with sweet black currant, cherry, licorice and barbecue smoke notes, medium body, supple tannins and a refined, elegant, lusty style. It is the kind of low level Bordeaux that sells for a song and will make consumers happy.
Neal Martin's note: The Belle-Vue 2010 has a ripe, toasty, almost exotic bouquet with a touch of Turkish Delight! But it has good delineation and purity - very pretty and enticing. The palate is ripe and extrovert with prominent vanillary new oak, quite tannic and sharp on the finish, very polished but perhaps a little predictable? Decent enough.