Diane de Belgrave
Diane de Belgrave is Château Belgrave’s second wine. The name is a reminder of the estate’s historic links to hunting. Benefiting from the same viticultural regime and winemaking facilities as the Grand Cru Classé wine, the second wine is made from younger vines. The result is a supple, fruity wine with delicate tannins.
Lovely, deep ruby red. Fresh on the nose, revealing aromas of ripe fruits and spice. On the palate, remarkably fleshy character so typical of lusciously ripe Merlot, underpinned by very fine-grained tannins from the vineyard’s Cabernets. A characterful wine promising many fine years to come.
2020 is an early, demanding vintage, which afforded the teams little respite. This was a year defined by nerve-racking disease pressure and contrasting weather. Winter was mild and wet, fully replenishing water reserves in the soils, and followed by a particularly hot spring with plentiful rainfall. The conditions promoted vine growth, and coaxed budburst and flowering to arrive ten to fifteen days in advance, varying from parcel to parcel. The dry summer and lack of water set in later this year, and was also cooler than the norm. From mid-July onwards, the heat triggered perfect maturation in the grapes, while lack of water carries the promise of great complexity and generous tannins. This vintage is defined by the 10-day precociousness, small berries, high quality, tannic juices and terrific aromatic freshness.
- 74% Merlot
- 16% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 10% Petit Verdot
Red and white meat (beef fillet, rack of lamb with vegetables, potato tart with bacon), game (game pie with roasted apples, rolled fillet of hare with olives, pheasant, pigeon in red sauce...), mature cheeses.
Juicy and long in the sensory profile showing notes of lavender, hibiscus, geraniums, magnolias,…
Juicy and long in the sensory profile showing notes of lavender, hibiscus, geraniums, magnolias, gardenias, elderflowers and hawthorn. Medium to full bodied, soft tannins and a savoury, intriguing finale. Better from 2025.