Brilliant Right Bank Bordeaux Bargain
Château Cheval Blanc Premier Grand Cru Classé former enologist Gilles Paquet, has poured all his knowledge and expertise into this 2015 Château Bellevue Bordeaux blend, culled from 40-year-old Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc vines. Chiseled, beautifully structured, and high-toned, we have 40 cases up for grabs at an astounding $19.99 a bottle.
The undulating slopes of Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, just east of Saint-Émilion have become a magnet for some of France’s best and brilliant — including Gilles Paquet, the former enologist for Premier Grand Cru Classé Château Cheval Blanc. Paquet has poured all his knowledge and expertise into this 2015 Château Bellevue Bordeaux blend, culled from 40-year-old Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc vines.
As Saint-Émilion has become pricier and more crowded, Right Bank winemakers looking to expand have made a beeline to Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux. What’s proved particularly tempting is the fact that the top vineyards here, lie on the same soil type as the pedigreed limestone plateau, that endows Saint-Émilion wines with their signature complexity and elegance. Château Bellevue, with its manicured vineyards lying on steep clay-limestone slopes, is one such site. It joins a handful of the appellation’s wineries, like Château d’Aiguilhe and Château Cap de Faugères, that produce wines that often outpace mid-level Saint-Émilions that are twice the price or more.
2015, lauded by Vinous’s Antonio Galloni as “the strongest vintage in a number of years,” provided a perfect platform for Castillon’s forward-thinking vintners. On the 30 acres at Château Bellevue, August rains replenished thick-skinned, tannic grapes that had seen months of draught. These wines are distinctly, mouthwateringly modern, showing freshness, beautiful fruit, and balance.
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