2006 Ch Bellevue Grand Cru Classé St Emilion

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Bellevue
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2012-2025
Case Size
12x75cl
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2006 Ch Bellevue Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Bellevue
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2012-2025
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

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£275.00 (Ex. VAT)

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(1 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, February 2009, Score: 86

This is a wine that I appear to have badly misjudged when tasting out of barrel. I had the bottled 2006 Bellevue several times, and it was consistently hard, austere, and lean. Generally I love what this great terroir, surrounded by such famous names as Angelus and the two Beausejours, can produce. Moreover, there is no doubting the genius of the two men responsible for this wine, Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see just how hard, austere, and angular this wine is. It is hard to find any charm or deep, concentrated, ripe fruit in this muscular, structured, forbiddingly tannic, and seemingly out of balance wine.

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Producer

Château Bellevue

Château Bellevue was the property of the de Conink and Pradel de Lavaux families, also owners of the historic negociant house of Horeau-Beylot. In 2007, Chateau Angélus acquired a 50% share in the company. This purchase was motivated as much by the geographical situation of the chateau, next-door to Angélus, as well as chateaux Beaséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse and Beau-Séjour Bécot, as by the exceptional quality of its terroir. The vines of Château Bellevue are located around a hilltop of hard rock, on one of the slopes of Saint Emilion, with a maximum height of 75 meters. At their summit on the chalk plateau, they neighbour the Premier Grand Cru Classés Beausejour-Bécot and Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse with another Premier Grand Cru Classé, Château Angelus, at their base. As its name indicates, Château Bellevue and its marvellous park, dominate the whole valley with its south/southwest facing vineyards sloping away from the property. At the top of the slope, the soil (of marine origin), rich in magnesium and iron, contains quite a high percentage of clay. These quality clays, with a delicately layered structure, become chalkier closer to the summit. Closer to the bottom, the level of chalk in the soil diminishes. Lower again, the soils are sandy with little chalk and therefore more acidic. This diversity of soils and their variety of terroirs all contribute to the complexity and the nobility of the wines produced by Château Bellevue.

Region

St Emilion, Red Bordeaux

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.

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