シャトー・ベルグラーヴ1855年格付けグランクリュ - AOC オー・メドック
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5% プティ・ヴェルド、30% メルロ、65% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン
There is a fair amount of exuberance here, and the fruit notes are ripe, pure and balanced. The tannins are crunchy and rather firm, and they help to calm the Petit Verdot intensity, and the overall impression is of a wine with a lot of character and a desire to impress.
Super aromatic on the nose, really quite expressive and bursting out of the glass with bramble tones, black pepper and perfumed black fruits. Soft and appealing on the palate, this has such an immediate charm, partly because of the ripe fruits that have a really juicy, chewy sweetness to them and partly because of the dry, bitter, spice-edged tannins that give angles to the fruit and depth to the palate but also that lick of wet stone and graphite minerality.
This is good stuff, I love the expression and the attitude here, it's a 'look at me' wine with nice presentation, power, persistence and frame.
Dark currants, savory herbs and espresso fill your nose and palate. Medium-bodied, forward, round and fruity with a dash of chocolate in the plummy endnote, you can enjoy this with pleasure on release. Drink from 2023-2037.
A nicely polished red with currants, walnuts and hints of fresh herbs. Medium body. Fine tannins. Fresh and refined.
Deep crimson hue. Dark-fruit aromas. Ripe and finely framed, the tannins rounded. Cabernet notes to the fore. Clean and direct but perhaps not for the long haul.
Belgrave 2021 shows its especially precise winemaking techniques, which skillfully create a relatively mellow yet compact body via soft extraction. On the palate, you can clearly feel the delightful furry texture. Based on this vintage, we can see that Belgrave has clearly adopted a tender and elegant style.
Ruby. Blackberries, anise, spices, liquorice nose, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, anise, dark fruits, nuanced, long finish.
The 2021 Belgrave is a tasty Haut-Médoc. Black cherry, gravel, graphite, cloves and licorice infuse the 2021 with quite a bit of complexity. This potent, virile Haut-Médoc should blossom nicely with a few years in bottle. I very much like the vibrancy here.
The nose takes its time opening, revealing blackberry, touches of black pepper and menthol, all fresh and vibrant and the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with insistent grip on the entry. Quite Saint-Julien in style (no surprise given its vines border the appellation), with fine structure and salinity on the finish. Maybe just a little short, but I admire its classicism and sapidity.
53% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、44% メルロ、3% プティ・ヴェルド
This classified growth conveys freshness from a very gravely terroir. Indeed, the wine tends towards a more charming Saint Julien style, which is the case in 2020, albeit a bit more tannic and grippy than usual...
Delicate nose of ripe blackcurrants and cherries, well-balanced and silky on the palate with fine-grained tannin. Light texture and a bit diluted aftertaste. Pretty wine anyway.
Cassis, blueberries, anise, vanilla, spices, nuanced and detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, anise, juicy, nuanced, long finish.
Full medium-dark ruby. Boysenberry, cassis, smoky oak, and a whiplash of vanilla greet the nose. Sweet, fat and full, this big and toasty wine is quite powerful for a Haut-Médoc and is both very clever and well-made...Closes long and dense...
This wine has a soft profile initially. Only slowly, the tannins kick in to give some impressive structure to the black currant fruits...
...Full, fresh, firmly but finely tannic; a nice richness freshly defined, the Dourthe "very ripe fruit abundant" signature, with a light gravel background, an almost citrussy freshness, all nicely integrated, and with good fruit-fragrant length. A fine Belgrave...
Medium-bodied, fresh, crisp, juicy and savory, with a nice chewy quality to the medium-bodied, sweet, ripe fruits on the palate and in the finish, this should age and develop quite nicely.
Belgrave is such a reliable Château and in 2020 the fruit is cassis-driven, medium-weight and refreshing tart on the finish. It is also not too tannic, just lively and classically shaped. What I particularly like though is the array of fruit on the nose. There are layers here and complexity, two and as this wine softens they will be sure to charm all-comers.
Sappy and muscular black fruits here...Tobacco leaf and redcurrant aromatics...well handled and carefully balanced...
Black fruit and cassis aromas. Smoky cedary oak just overlying. Quite intense and brooding. Very St Julien in style. Juicy black berry fruit, with a saline mineral finish. Fresh acidity. Powerful but well managed tannins. Really very lovely.
Partial malo in barrel. Deep purple-crimson, like elderberry juice. An attractive first impression of stone dust, with woody spice and non-sweet very dark fruit. Smells dark and rocky and elegant. Firm, dry and savoury on the palate too, the tannins chewy but lots of fine layers rather than a mass. Fresh and dry on the finish with a sinewy refinement that is so characteristic of left-bank bordeaux.
Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Initially closed nose, the wine opens up very slowly displaying an aroma reminiscent of ripe blackcurrants and elderberries, juicy plums, vanilla and mild spices, hints of dark chocolate and fine toasting aroma. On the palate well balanced with elegance and depth, firm yet ripe tannins, mild spices and elegant fruit, quite juicy with pleasant mouthfeel and very good length.
Very pretty and fresh with blackberry and blueberry aromas. Some flowers, too. Its'medium-to full-bodied with round, polished tannins and a vivid finish.
...A medium-bodied, pretty, elegant Haut-Médoc that has the richness paired with notable freshness that's the hallmark of the vintage. It's a beautiful, possibly outstanding wine.
62% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、35% メルロ、3% プティ・ヴェルド
Juicy and compact, with a well-built set of cassis, plum, roasted apple wood, warm earth and licorice root notes all working well together. Shows a burly tug and good energy on the finish, too. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030. 18,000 cases made, 450 cases imported.
Flowers, tobacco leaf, plums, smoke, espresso and cassis create the complex aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine is fresh, crisp, juicy and loaded with sweet, black and red berries with a spicy kick and a touch of coffee bean in the round, supple-textured finish. This could be the best Belgrave I have ever tasted. Drink from 2024-2039.
Dark bramble fruit profile on the nose. The texture stands out, so delicious, generous and welcoming, almost crunchy black fruit here rather than chewy with dry, grippy tannins that cover the mouth underpinned by well balanced acidity that just gives the wine life. It's plush no doubt, and the tannins need to soften and expand a little, but I love the initial rush of juice and the long, cherry finish.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2036
This major 145-acre estate is on top form. Filled with impressive black fruits, this new release offers a structure with plenty of potential. Its weight and solid tannins are balanced by the fruit and juicy acidity. Drink from 2026.
Very dark with black core. Intense cassis note and a hint of mocha...This has an elegant, dark, rocky character. Pretty tannic but refined.
The 2019 Belgrave has a pure, well-defined bouquet of dark cherries, black currant and touches of mint, quite focused and intense. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine acidity and touches of charcoal infusing the finish, which fans out nicely with aeration. This is turning into a decent Belgrave.
A Dourthe property, situated west of St Julien, overlooked and under-rated to my mind. The 2019 blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The aromatics open with crushed red plum, cherry and soot, with touches of sage and liquorice. Fresh, dark, nicely polished on the start of the palate, it presents a quite seamless facade. Through the middle there are deliciously dark fruits mirroring the nose, here touched with mint, hawthorn, liquorice and soot again, all draped over a core of finely grained and ripe tannin at its heart. Deliciously integrated, with convincing structure, this will be delicious ten years from now. Tasted twice. The declared alcohol is 14%. From my Bordeaux 2019 assessment at two years.
Sweet, concentrated, fresh and supple with nice balance and lovely bright plum and blackcurrant fruit. Modern but not overly so. Stylish.
Structured with layers of tannins that are chewy yet polished and powerful. Full-bodied yet remains intense. Currant and fresh flower flavors. Give it time to come together.
This is delivering what I would expect in a young Belgrave, and lives ip to its En Primeur promise. The fruit is savoury and there is plenty of it, with bilberry, blackberry, cassis, liquorice and slate. Enjoyable wine, showing its location on the edge of Pauillac through its reserved muscular tannins and black pepper spice. 35% new oak.
Very deep ruby with purple tinges. Tobacco, blackberry and earth tones on the nose and in the mouth, but a little simple and not too refined, even chunky presently...
68% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、30% メルロ、2% プティ・ヴェルド
...The wine is round, full-bodied, fresh and filled with currants, thyme, forest leaf and tobacco. The wine has depth of flavor and a big blast of sweet, chewy fruits on the palate and in the end note...
...A classically styled nose here, with taut blackcurrant fruit, damson, blackberry and bay leaf fruits, with a touch of salted black olive. The palate provides a nicely defined texture and raft of ripe tannins for the fruit, which holds on to its dark and fragrant character here...
Tasted blind. This has fresh fruit primary aspects on the nose that seduce. Smooth and nuanced and juicy. More than delivers the goods. A top Haut Médoc in 2018. Bravo!
68% Cabernet Sauvignon + 30% Merlot + 2% Petit Verdot. Fine nose of ripe blackcurrants, well-balanced and silky on the palate with fine-grained tannin. Lingering finish. Catchy wine
Blackberry, blackcurrant leaf, vanilla, crushed hazelnut and gravel on the nose. Violets, too. It's medium-bodied with firm, integrated tannins. Chewy and polished. Cool and mineral with a tight finish. Give it some time.
This estate bordering Margaux has produced a rich, well-balanced wine. Classic black-currant flavors shine, with tannins playing a major supporting part. With its succulent texture and ripe fruits, the wine should age well over the medium term.
Enjoyable depth and power. This has walls of spice and smoke set against powerful cassis and bilberry, and plenty of Haut-Médoc signature. Oak notes also, but well-integrated even at this young stage. Enjoyable with plenty of life ahead of it.
Wonderful aromas of blackcurrants and violets. Very fresh. Full-bodied, vivid and firm-textured. Very long and focused.
91–93. Barrel Sample. The wine is both fruity and bright, with brisk acidity that cuts the ripe black-currant flavor. Its attraction is the lift of freshness that is balanced by the fruitiness at the end.
88% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、12% メルロ
This well-formed wine has tannins and blackcurrant fruits in balance. It shows structure and a ripe, classic profile that will allow it to age.
69% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、28% メルロ、3% プティ・ヴェルド
A top year for Belgrave, the is loaded with ripe blackberries, licorice and tobacco leaf notes. Medium/full bodied, with freshness and a bright, spicy, leafy, red berry finish.
Extremely perfumed with lots of cabernet character, such as flowers and blackcurrants. Full body, a pretty core of fruit and very polished tannins that fold into the fruit. Extremely well crafted. A blend of 69 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 28 per cent merlot and three per cent petit verdot. Needs two or three years to come together. Try after 2022.
The 2016 Belgrave is subtle, nuanced and quite expressive, with lovely floral notes that add brightness. Sweet red plum, sage, menthol, rose petal and mint all develop as this layered, flavorful, Haut-Médoc opens up in the glass. This is very nicely done, not to mention absolutely delicious.
High on the acidity, you know you are in the Médoc here. It's extremely Cabernet dominant, with scents of damson, rich spiced plum and touches of vanillin. Great individual strands of flavour include blackberry and bilberry, beautifully fattened up during ageing in bottle. 34% new oak.
Deep cherry red. Juicy cassis fruit and dusty-fine tannins. Relatively light but long and mouth-watering. Classic Haut-Médoc in structural elegance. (JH)
It has a generous bouquet with small dark cherries, blueberry and crushed violet aromas, quite Margaux-like in style. There is certainly good intensity here. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple opening: blackberry, mint and cedar. From the start there is fine tension and there is very impressive structure towards the finish, plus a long saline aftertaste. This is a very strong follow-up to the 2015 Belgrave and indeed, it may surpass it.
This is an opulent wine, packed with ripe fruit, sweet tannins and ample acidity, all in balance. The wine is full and juicy, with great spice at the end. The finish is firm while still reveling in fruitiness.
A classic wine with very consistent quality. Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with distinct oak influence, elegant toasting aroma and gingerbread spices, hints of white pepper in the background. On the palate well structured and balanced with firm tannins, juicy fruit and delicate spiciness in the background. Toasting aroma also in the finish. Convincing length.
74% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、23% メルロ、3% プティ・ヴェルド
Still firm and structured, this wine is dark and solid while still having a line of freshness and good acidity. Juicy black currants and elegant tannins are still developing, giving the possibility of a rich, generous wine from 2023.
A dense and layered red with wet earth and blue fruits. Sweet tobacco, too. Soft tannins give this full-bodied wine a juicy richness and decadence. Plump mouthfeel. So good now but better in two or three years.
66% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、32% メルロ、2% プティ・ヴェルド
CELLAR SELECTION. From the flagship Médoc estate of Bordeaux negociant Dourthe, this wine is impressive, ripe and ready to age well. The wood aging still shows slightly but that is already compensated for by the ripe black-currant fruits from the 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and the generous texture.
Black fruit but also some chocolate and spices on the nose. This is quite a rich and fleshy wine that’s built on a bigger scale than most of the wines of this appellation. The finish is simultaneously rich and dry.
The 2014 Belgrave is laced with the essence of gravel, black cherry, smoke, cured meats and incense. Dark, powerful and brooding, the 2014 possesses serious depth, intensity and personality. Drink this bold, hearty Haut-Médoc over the next decade.
Dense, fine Cabernet Sauvignon blackcurrant and gravel mineral, a seductive bouquet to come; rich middleweight, with a fresh acidity and moderately firm tannin; a lovely ripe blackurrant Cabernet fruit core, and good spicy length to finish. A deliciously juicy quality within a firmish frame. (...) Usually excellent value for a wine that ages very well.
A lovely, velvety Belgrave with intense plum and mulberry notes and a perfectly judged finish with oak and tannin in harmony. This is a long wine with charm and class, too. It should age incrementally and show some wilder, more complex notes in the not too distant future. It is clear that this Château is determined to make a true St.-Julien style and in this vintage they have cracked it.
MY TOP TEN BEST VALUE RED WINES 2014 - A SELECTION OF SUPERB WINES WHICH SHOULD REPRESENT GREAT VALUE
8. Château Belgrave (5ème Cru St.Laurent, Haut Médoc)
Boasting dark fruits and firm tannins, this wine has a forward personality filled with smoke, tobacco, black cherry, earth and cassis.
A very saturated, dark, black tulip hue. The nose matches up to this character, showing a compote of black cherries, very dark and concentrated, rich and creamy. The palate starts off with a little creamed fruit texture, as the nose suggested, and it keeps this up through the middle of the wine. There is a lot of vibrant but dark fruit like the nose, but with a fresh, succulent texture, impressive for the vintage, with a ripe seam of tannins all around. This is an fresh yet imposing style. A real success here.
Masses of ripe fruit, good plummy richness and firm tannins for the future. Fine modern Médoc.
Dark purple red with violet hue and black center. Well structured nose with concentrated flavor, on the palate good weight and length, firm tannins and juicy finish.
This is a structured yet fruity wine. It has the vintage’s acidity and freshness written all over it, giving a bright character to the solid tannins and berry fruits.
Full and very chewy. A powerful and rich sample. Best ever?
70% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、30% メルロ
...A fresh and minerally red with lemon zest, strawberry and stone aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Delicious now. Drink or hold...
(51 Merlot, 44 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 Cabernet Franc, 3 Petit Verdot) There is a good attack of dusty cassis berries on the nose and palate. The texture is slick and it's quite dark in colour. The tannins are very clean and crisp and while it is fairly slim and closed on the finish now I anticipate a fairly swift mellowing.
Dense colour, well-extracted berry fruit, quite fleshy and good tannins for the future.
Very fresh in character, this wine has juicy acidity and firm tannins.
65% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、35% メルロ
Lightly steeped plum and red currant flavors are lined with hints of dried anise and tabacco. Not big but has good energy for the vintage.
Beautiful nose showing concentrated ripe fruits. This is a full-bodied red with velvety tannins, lovely acidity and a long, fruity finish. Well done for the vintage. Drink from 2017
Opaque purple-ruby. Fragrant aromas of dark plum and blueberry complicated by minerals. Rather bound-up on the palate, with dark berry, violet, oak and herb flavors showing little in the way of easy sweetness. Still a bit brooding today, finishing with plenty of dusty tannins and lingering saline, herb and menthol notes.
Barrel sample. Rich blackberry fruits are surrounded by a dense structure on this wine. The palate is ripe, but balanced with acidity, juiciness and a solid concentrated character.
Very dark purple and lustrous. Certainly looks very appealing. Succulent fruit with a streak of iodine. Very polished and worked. Fine tannins on the finish. Just goes a little dead on the end. Hint of bitterness.
Dense colour, rich and plummy black fruits, broad flavours, good future.
Very well done for the Medoc in 2012. This wine shows a pretty concentration of ripe fruit and lots of velvety tannins. Juicy and impressive. Can't wait to see it in bottle
60% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、35% メルロ、5% カベルネ・フラン
The austerity softens to show an attractive plush roundness to the tannins on the close of play that must have taken some careful work in the cellar and during ageing. Not a generous wine on the attack, and yet it ends with alovely cushion of cassis and blueberry fruit.
Bright red. Pure, aromatic scents of red cherry, strawberry and cedar accented by lavender and pepper. Juicy and spicy, with lively acidity carrying the dark berry fruit through a persistent finish featuring fine tannins and a late hint of strawberry.
Rounded and easy in feel, with pretty cherry, bitter plum and black currant fruit, backed by bay, tobacco and sandalwood shadings. Sneakily long.
Shows polished, firm tannins. Full body, juicy fruit and a medium finish. Better in 2017.
Fully saturated inky-purple. Pentrating, inky aromas of cassis and flowers. Bright and juicy, with good density to the rich cassis and spice flavors. Finishes smooth and long. An outstanding Haut-Médoc, one of the best buys of the year. Belgrave has been performing very well recently...
This is a dark wine that's dominated by firm and dry tannins. It has weight and power, with juicy plum flavors showing slowly under the tannins. Shows long-aging potential.
Black core. Sweet vanilla-scented dark fruit. Sweet ribena-like fruit. Lifted aroma. Sweet and red fruited on the palate. Dry, very fresh, balanced but not trying hard to please. Pretty drying on the finish. Honest and the fruit just about fills the frame. (JH)
Good depth of blackcurrant fruit, good structure, balance and length. A forward style but will keep.
Produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Spice, cedar, cranberry and cassis scents, soft and approachable, this medium-bodied, tannic wine ends with bright crème de cassis.
A wine with velvety tannins and a lots of blueberries on the nose and palate. Full body, soft and structured. Nicely done for the vintage.
65% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、30% メルロ、5% プティ・ヴェルド
An elegant, classic Bordeaux red wine blend from a spectacular vintage. The current owners have managed this estate since 1979. This is a cellar keeper, if you can wait. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke with a lick of black licorice on the finish.
Fresh and rich with lots of sweet tobacco, spice and cooked plum character. Full body, velvety tannins and a clean and bright finish.
Dark healthy, glossy crimson. Quite a complex nose. Thick and dense with lots of work having gone into the texture of this very obviously. Glamorous wine!
Ripe and fleshy, with lots of roasted vanilla bean and fresh espresso, followed by dark, winey cassis and blackberry fruit. An intense licorice edge and a solid, tarry finish imparts drive. Best from 2014 through 2023. -JM
As Belgrave improves each year, it reveals a character that is close to the elegance and style of Saint-Julien, right next door. This 2010, while dense, is balanced, and its rich blackberry flavor is already integrating into its firm tannins. This should age well for the medium term.
Juicy, remarkably pure. Fine tannins - chewy but yielding. When to drink: 2013 ->, 2025
Layered rich fruit and ripe tannins. A château in constant improvement. 2016-25. Highly recommended
A soft easy to enjoy Haut Medoc red with vibrant plummy fruit. This is a well made, medium bodied wine made in an early drinking style. There are juicy flavours supported by a firm backbone of tannins and nice mid palate weight. This wine may not improve but there is enough substance there to keep for a decade.
Firm and structured, with plenty of bitter chocolate as well as sweet fruit. The wine is very dense, wearing its tannins on the surface where it's dark and firm.
Inky ruby-purple. Aromas of ripe balsamic black plum, roasted coffee, tar and liquorice. Dense and suave on the palate, with good richness and depth to the dark fruit and liquorice flavors. Finishing clean, smoky and long, this larger-styled wine manages to avoid coming odd as heavy thanks to harmonious acidity. Belgrave has been a roll in recent years.
A lovely claret at a more reasonable price, this over-performing Haut Médoc has produced its best ever wine in 2010. It’s very seriuos(in the best sense of the word) with lots of sweet,oak tinged fruit, fine tannins and a fine, refreshing finish. A fifth Growth that is going places. 10+years.
Very dark purple. Hugely voluptuous with a riper nose than many of its peers. Very jazzy and polished with great energy. Marked acidity and fine-grained sandy tannins. Really racy. Thick and racy at the same time. Creamy texture. Fine and fine tannins though without enormous depth or breadth of fruit but nicely controlled for early drinking. Super clean.
Very structured for here with chewy tannins and a blackberry and dark choclate character. Full and velvety.
75% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、20% メルロ、5% プティ・ヴェルド
The 2009 Belgrave has a ripe red cherry, kirsch scented bouquet with hints of raisin and fig. It is just flirting with over-ripeness...but not over-ripe! The palate is medium-bodied with candied red fruit, a little chewy in texture and perhaps needing more mineralité on the finish. Yet, there is fine density and decent precision on the finish. Maybe give this another couple of years in bottle
Well-structured, balanced and complex. This wine will age well and offers aromas of dark red and black fruit, smoke and dried herbs. Full-bodied with firm tannins so decant 2 hours.
Ripe Cabernet nose with good depth of fruit- quite lush. Fresh and stylish palate with excellent length on the finish. A well-rounded, charming wine with good persistence.
Moderately saturated medium red. Lively aromas of black cherry, dark raspberry, licorice and earth, with a high note of brown spices. Fine-grained and nicely sweet, with ripe acidity giving the mid-palate a distinctly suave quality. Enjoy this nicely balanced, juicy midweight over the next 10 to 12 years.
Shows the ripeness of the vintage, featuring sleek linzer torte and plum confiture flavors laced with mouthwatering spice and sweet tobacco notes. This has well-integrated toast and a very racy finish.
A wine, with sliced plum and lemon character and hints of lemon grass on the nose and palate. Medium-to-full body, with fresh acidity and a clean finish. Try after 2016.
A wine with luscious red fruits and bold acidity. The dense texture adds to the firm, solid tannins. This is a wine that offers both short-term attraction and longterm aging.
Peppery cassis. Elegant and fresh with neither excess nor lack. Fresh, moreish finish.
A beautiful 2009: perfectly ripe grapes, wonderfully enveloping substance, the alcohol is there, but the wine isn't heavy at all, rich flavors, a touch of chocolate, great length on the palate but lacking a little something that would set it apart from its colleagues.
Inky ruby. Floral aromas (gardenia, lavender), earth, tar and incense complicated black plum on the nose. Creamy and sweet on the palate, with fresh dark berry flavor and a smooth finish featuring attractive balsamic lift. Lively, harmonious acidity gives this wine a light touch. Should be a charmer for relatively rapid consumption, and will probably merit 90 points on its yummy factor alone.
Tasted at the Medoc UGC and from a sample tasted at home. This has a tight, but well defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry leaf, cedar and a touch of violets. Bright and lively. The palate is full-bodied with a juicy, fruit-driven entry, but then the tannins on the back palate show that this Haut-Medoc has good backbone. Well-balanced, lovely grainy black fruits infused with tobacco on the persistent finish. This is an excellent, very “classic” Haut-Médoc and a great 2009. Tasted March 2010.
The outstanding, densely saturated purple Belgrave offers blueberry, cassis, eucalyptus, and stone scents. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, lusciously-styled, generous cassis and blueberry fruit. There is solid fruit, plenty of crème de cassis flavor, and nothing out of place. It's another example of the success of the vintage.
One of the more obscure classified growths of the 1855 classification, the Dourthe firm continues to make improvements here, and this may well turn out to be the best wine they have produced. Dense purple, with notes of red and black fruits, charcoal, graphite, and spice, the wine is deep and has terrific purity, fullbodied texture, and a fleshy, long, round mouthfeel with well-integrated tannins. It should drink well for 20 or more years. (Tasted three times.) Drink 2010-2030. (88-90+*) points
Licorice, currant and mineral on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a polished, silky-textured finish. There's a touch of bright acidity.
Black red, concentrated blackcurrant fruit, slightly smoky, very rich and terrific natural depth, fragrant and succulent on the palate, floral, fleshy and firm with fine vineyard definition.
65% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、30% メルロ、5% カベルネ・フラン
Restrained nose of crunchy cassis, cherry, candied notes and earth. Quite big fruit-good fleshy Cabernet with sandy tannins.
An elegant, fruit-driven, deep ruby/plum-colored effort, the medium-bodied 2008 reveals lots of sweet red and black currant and cherry fruit notes intertwined with hints of cedarwood, underbrush and spice. Drink this round, pure, endearing wine over the next 6-8 years. Drink 2011-2019
Blackberry, chocolate and tobacco flavors have good density in this fresh, balanced red, which is juicy, with bright acidity and a floral, minerally finish. Fruity, but has depth. Drink now through 2017.
Racy, firm and silky with pretty currant and blueberry character. Medium body, ultra-fine tannins. Long finish. Best after 2012
This potential sleeper of the vintage exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet cassis and black cherry fruit interwoven with hints of licorice and smoke. With ripe tannins, sufficient acidity for freshness and nuance, and a moderately weighty, long personality, it is a very good effort to enjoy over the next 12 - 15 years.
Purple-red, attractive crushed blackcurrant nose, good precise Cabernet fruit, firm but ripe tannins, harmonious, quite classy wine. Drink 2014-20.
Licorice and blackberry on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. A little hollow midpalate.
60% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、37% メルロ、3% プティ・ヴェルド
*** Appealing berry, mint, savoury and fleshy fruit aromas. Sleek, supple and well presented with smooth tannins. From 2011
*** Intense black-red. Smoky, quite fleshy nose. Well-extracted, quite robust fruit, still with a green edge, but fleshiness and robustness dominate. More power than elegance. 2012-17
Some toast and pepper on the nose. Quite noble fruit concentration. Round and silky fruit. Much better than most Haut-Médocs. Supple fruit with some zestiness. A little green on the finish but not bad. Oak a little obvious. 16+
Light and fruity, like the rest from this appellation, with some currant and mineral character. Short. —J.S.
Perfumed fruit on a wine that shows mint and herbal characters as well as dense hedgerow blackberries. It's tough, but the fruit is all there.
60% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、35% メルロ、3% カベルネ・フラン、2% プティ・ヴェルド
*** Rustic, animal, meaty and sweet cassis on the nose - good Cabernet fruit. Firm but bright palate with lots of vibrant black fruit , ripe acidity and nice integration.
Displays currant and plum on the nose. Medium-bodied, with pretty fruit, silky tannins and a charming finish. Very well-made for the vintage. Best from 2011 through 2014.
Intense colour, pronounced and concentrated jammy blackcurrants, lots of high toast new oak, modern wine, fruity and polished. 16+
Extraordinarily deep blackish crimson but with a gentler nose than many of the other Dourthe wines. Good rich fruit that spreads across the palate. Taut dry finish with marked acidity. Certainly thick and focussed even if not gentle to drink. Marked 'freshness'. [blind] Very dark purple right out to the rim - almost black! A hint of rawness on the nose and heavily extracted but very glamorous and opulent - definitely in the modern, slightly awkward-now idiom. Lots of effort here.
Very solid, dense tannins, bitterchocolate flavors, a firm, dark wine,hugely solid and darkly tannic.
53% メルロ、43% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、4% プティ・ヴェルド
Château Belgrave is really showing well now and provided much joy. There is plenty of extract here and it has the structure and fruit to age further...Belgrave goes down as one of the vintage's bargains for me...
Clean aromas of cedar and cassis. Palate is red and dark fruit with a touch of black olive. Tannins need more time to resolve themselves but good signs for the future. Heartily endorse this one as a bargain wine that you can cellar – with consistent notes since last time tasted in bottle back in 2008.
*** Tight black fruit, some vanilla. Palate firm, tight, less generous but good fruit behind. Tannins ripe, mild and long finish. From 2015
The fruit is repressed under wood smoke and powerful, earthy tannins. Slowly, its aromatics develop, the fruit should appear more prominently over the next decade.
The really great values in 2005, however, are going to be in the 90- to 92- point range. I found many wines that are expected to sell for between $30 and $60 a bottle that are of outstanding quality (90 points or higher) and offer all the harmony in fruit and structure that one could hope for from the vintage. My favourites in this group include ... Belgrave.....
I was impressed by this wine en primeur and Julia, who tasted this wine in London three weeks ago scored it 16.5+, thought it should drink well between 2010 and 2016 and this was her tasting note:' Sweet, spicy oak and bright cassis aromas. Well balanced, a blend of classic and modern, cool fine tannins leaving and overall impression of freshness. A bargain?'
«Beautiful deep color, dark cherry fruit and quite ambitious oak, good bearing, meaty and serious. «
Smoky, tobacco, leaf nose, impressive freshly crushed blackcurrant fruit, crunchy and concentrated, supple tannins. 2009-20
Attractive peppermint aromas, almost eucalyptus, give this wine an almost Australian character. To taste, it is soft, very rich, very black, very new world
58% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、40% メルロ、2% プティ・ヴェルド、
The chunky, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Belgrave reveals straightforward notes of black cherries and black currants, medium body, moderate tannin, and a soft, silky mouthfeel. It can be drunk now and over the next decade.
Mineral and blackberry character on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Best after 2008. 17,080 cases made.
There are attractive mint aromas, which lead to a wine which has new wood, richness and powerful fruit alongside the ripe tannins.
60% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、35% メルロ、5% プティ・ヴェルド
Readers should take note of this Medoc classified growth whose quality is on the rise after an infusion of capital by its owner, the huge negociant firm of Dourthe. Strong aromas of creme de cassis intermixed with hints of herbs, licorice, damp earth, and barrique jump from the glass of the dense purple-hued 2003. One of the finest Belgraves produced in many years, it possesses a supple, fleshy mid-palate, sweet tannin, and fine purity as well as texture. Drink it over the next 12-14 years.
Some berry and tobacco character with medium body, firm tannins and a delicate finish. Pleasant wine. Drink now. 15,200 cases made.
48% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、40% メルロ、7% カベルネ・フラン、5% プティ・ヴェルド
Recommended. Plum, berry and heavy toast bouquet. Rewarding, dense, fleshy palate with youthful, broad flavours and ripe tannins. Good ambassador for the appellation.
Deep plummy colour, very good extraction of fruit without heaviness or jamminess, nice touch of oak, ripe and classy, good natural sweetness and good balance and length, very attractive wine. Would take 3.5 stars if we did half stars.
Some earthy currant, berry and mineral aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with a slightly austere tannin structure and a medium finish. Best after 2005. 16,440 cases made.
This is a solid effort from one of the least-known classified growths of the Medoc. The proprietor, the Dourthe firm, has been making slow but persistent progress in upgrading the quality of this estate. The 2002 exhibits a deep ruby/plum color as well as aromas of cherries, cassis, and toasty oak presented in a medium-bodied, tasty style. Surprisingly soft for the vintage, it will drink well for 7-8 years.
51% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、42% メルロ、5% カベルネ・フラン、2% プティ・ヴェルド
This long forgotten classified growth (owned by the Dourthe firm) has fashioned an elegant, medium-bodied 2001 exhibiting sweet and black currant fruit along with toasty new oak and mineral notes. The sweet attack narrows in the mouth. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.
A plummy red with hints of currants and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, with good tannins and a medium finish. Slightly hollow, but a good wine. Best after 2005. 18,580 cases made.
An impressive effort from a property that seems to be on the rebound, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine reveals a classic Medoc combination of cassis, tobacco leaf, and licorice, with spicy oak and damp earth in the background. Nicely layered with low acidity, and ripe tannin, it will drink well for 10-15 years.
This obscure classified growth continues to produce better wines under the ownership of the large negociant, Dourthe. It possesses zesty acidity, firm blackberry and cherry fruit, moderate tannin, spicy new oak, and an austere but muscular finish. If the tannin becomes better integrated, it will merit a score in the upper eighties. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2014.
58% カベルネ・ソーヴィニヨン、36% メルロ、3% カベルネ・フラン、3% プティ・ヴェルド
An excellent effort from Belgrave, the saturated dark ruby-colored, medium-bodied 2000 offers a sweet aromatic and flavor profile of plums, black currants, cherries, licorice, and dried Provencal herbs. The wine is deep, elegant, and medium-bodied, with solid tannin in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2014.
Ripe and decadent, with lots of berry fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely, subtle spicy and berry aftertaste. Well-crafted. Best after 2005. 20,000 cases made
This obscure classified growth produced its finest wine to date in 2000. An inky ruby/purple color accompanies its sweet, expressive bouquet of black fruits, minerals, and toasty oak. With excellent texture, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and low acidity, this impressive Haut-Medoc will be drinkable between 2006-2016. A sleeper.