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1985 Ch Belair 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion

1985 Ch Belair 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion

Producer: Domaine Bel Air

Region: Bordeaux > St Emilion

Vintage: 1985

Type: Red

Grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Drinking dates: 1992 - 2003

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Case size: 12x75cl Equiv. price per bottle incl. VAT £14.38

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, 1998, Score: 77
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I am perplexed by the 1985 Belair, as it seems somewhat light, and lacking grip and intensity. Have I misinterpreted this wine from both cask and bottle? Drink: Now(2005)

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.

Domaine Bel Air

Domaine de Bel Air is a 13-hectare Domaine on the slopes of Pouilly run by oenologue Katia Mauroy-Gauliez, whose modern winery is a model of its genre. The vines grow on limestone and flint soils, imparting the appellation's signature gunflint and smoke characters to the wine. These vines are looked after by Katia's father and brother so it truly is a family domaine. The cellar is smallbut modern, and the winemaking modern, intelligent and non-interventionist. Katia's aim is to let the grapes express the character of the vineyard, and this she does admirably.

Merlot / Cabernet Franc

This blend is favoured by many of the stars of the Right Bank in Bordeaux - Le Pin, Ausone and La Conseillante to name but a few. A potentially outstanding combination of Merlot's rich, ripe texture and soft plummy fruit with Cabernet Franc's firm tannins and crisp red fruit flavours.

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