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Diane de Belgrave

Second vin du Château Belgrave - AOC Haut-Médoc

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Diane de Belgrave is the second wine of the estate. The name is a reminder of the links between the estate and the hunting: during the reign of Louis XV, the estate was a highly reputed hunting pavilion.

Benefiting from exactly the same care and attention as  the first wine, with soft and fruity character, it is ready for immediate drinking.

Vinification & Ageing

Pre-fermentation cold maceration depending on the characteristics of each plot. Alcoholic fermentation with 1 to 3 pumping-overs and/or 1 pigeage per day, depending on the batches. Malolactic fermentation partially in barrels.

The partially underground barrel cellar hall has been completely renovated, to highly modern standards, with the latest high-performance equipment controlling relative humidity and temperature. Part of the wine matured in barrel on lees to preserve the aromas. In oak barrels for 12 to 14 months.

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Tasting notes

Concentrated appearance with garnet colour. The bouquet is redolent with red fruits and spices. Delicious and fleshy, the palate is structured with fine and silky tannins. Overall, this very well-balanced wine lingers in a long aromatic finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blend

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

Fruity and delicate with attractive currant and berry aromas and flavors. Medium body, light tannins and a fresh finish. Easy and very drinkable. A hint of eucalyptus colors the currants at the end. Second wine of Belgrave. Drink or hold.

 

Tasting notes

Stunning ruby colour. Fresh aromas on the bouquet offer ripe fruits and distinctive oaky, peppery notes. Initially very round on the palate, the wine boasts appealing tannic structure. The fleshy palate reveals fruit, ripe tannins and soft, integrated oak in perfect balance, and culminates in a lovely, lengthy finish.

Blend

18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 82% Merlot

Tasting notes

Lovely ruby-red in appearance. Complexity defines the bouquet, where fruit aromas combine with leather and spice. On the palate the wine shows the typical, remarkably fleshy character of perfectly ripe Merlot, and is structured by silky, distinguished tannins from the fine Cabernets in the vineyards. Full-bodied, charming and fresh.

Blend

79% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting notes

“Highly concentrated in appearance tinged with crimson. Charming bouquet develops complex aromas of fruit and spice with touches of mint and abundant freshness. Initially supple on the palate, developing full-bodied and rounded character, with a silky mouthfeel and tannic structure. A well-balanced wine culminating in a lovely, long finish. A second wine retaining all the elegance of a Fine Wine. 

Blend

3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 65% Merlot

Tasting notes

Concentrated appearance tinged with garnet. Red fruit aromas together with spicy notes define the bouquet. The palate, offering remarkable richness lent by ripe Merlot dominating the blend, is structured with fine, distinguished tannins from the magnificent Cabernets. Full-bodied, full-flavoured and fresh.

 

Blend

60% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Tasting notes

Garnet in colour, with subtle glints. The bouquet reveals dark berry fruits, lifted by fresh, minty notes. The wine is clean and savoury on the palate, with a distinct tannic thread that never overpowers, developing into an attractive, aromatic finish.

Blend

70% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Natalie Maclean.com
- 93/100

This is the second wine of Chateau Belgrave, and it's spectacular! Luscious and rich with juicy layers of fleshy ripe black plum. Long tannins mean that this wine is extra supple, with a velvet mouth-texture. It's accessible and ready to drink now, though you could also cellar it for 5-7 years. It's produced in the St. Julien district of the Haut Medoc in Bordeaux. Pair with prime rib.

Tasting notes

Very concentrated wine tinged with ruby. The wine is intense on the bouquet, exuding fruit laden notes of raspberry and blackberry, liquorice and mint. Clean on the attack, it evolves into a full-bodied wine, with a pronounced tannic backbone and reveals well-integrated oak. Stunning, lingering finish releasing floral, violet-tinged notes, intermingling with lovely hints of vanilla.oak.

Blend

46% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Decanter
- 90/100

Highly Recommended - This is a youthful red with clear integrity of fruit. The tannins are firm with good depth of flavour, showing touches of blackcurrant and black chocolate. This should age very well. Drink 2017-2015

The Daily Mail

The prestigious Château Belgrave is making fabulous wines again after a period in the doldrums, and this 2010 is a stunner... 

Gault&Millau

Beaucoup de fraîcheur et de tension qui nous emportent sur une branche végétale, fruitée. Les tanins sont serrés sur une finale légèrement fraîche, présage d'une longévité certaine. A proposer pour un repas sur un veau aux épices.

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15/20

Ce second fait honneur à son grand frère dont nous louons les progrès réalisés sur les derniers millésimes. Concentré, dense et serré, Diane de Belgrave possède un superbe corps, avec beaucoup d'équilibre et de raffinement. L'ensemble est très fondu et possède de jolis tanins. Un très beau second vin qu'on peut laisser vieillir cinq ans.

Tasting notes

Attractive deep red in colour. Generously ripe fruit notes on the nose are accompanied by subtle, well-integrated hints of mature character. The wine is well balanced on the palate, showing attractive depth and elegance, rounded character that evolves to reveal youthful tannins on the finish that will soften with bottle age. A very attractive second wine.

Blend

55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Decanter
- 91/100

This is a youthful red with clear integrity of fruit. The tannins are firm with good depth of flavour, showing touches of blackcurrant and black chocolate. This should age very well.

 

Decanter
- 17.5/20

A well-reputed second wine, named as a homage to the estate's past as a hunting lodge. The 59ha Château Belgrave estate lies adjacent to Château Lagrange, which is in St-Julien. Generous, fruity style with black fruit and spice. Classic style and elegance with firm tannins and depth on the finish. (91/100)

Vinum
- 15/20

Gefällig, geschmeidig, reif, doch mit Frische.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve

Mûr, charnu, intense, savoureux, c'est un vin élégant aux tanins ronds, classique du Haut-Médoc.

Gault&Millau
- 15/20

Médoc croquant, au fruité vif, finement acidulé qui vient bousculer les papilles dans le but de les réveiller. Mûre sauvage, groseilles et feuille de cassis se donnent la réplique au coeur d'une bouche accomplie. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 88/100

Already deliciously fruity, this is a big, ripe, black-fruit-dominated wine. To balance the black currant flavor, there is a fine sense of structure, which offers a dry edge along with final acidity.

Guide Hachette

Vin réussi (cité).



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