Wednesday, June 24, 2009

2005 Château de Bellevue

Type Red
Producer Château de Bellevue
Variety Red Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
SubRegion Libournais
Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru
Price $15 (375 ml) at

The Little Wooden Guy likes the wine, and the smaller bottle makes him feel bigger.

The color was incredibly dark, completely opaque but for the very edges, black with a purple tint.

The nose opened with blackcurrant and cedar, with a background aroma of vanilla cream, but very light, not overpowering wood-based vanilla.

On the palate, blackcurrant is the predominate fruit, along with some blackberry. Peppermint and eucalyptus appear on the mid-palate, lightly, behind more fruit, some cedar and vanilla, which grow toward a mid-length finish. Mouth feel is silky, with firm tannins and bright acids.

This is very nice wine, and sometimes a 375 is just the perfect size.

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Anonymous said...

Nice Post
Steven Spurrier

Mark said...

Thanks for the post as always. I enjoy your reviews because they're more honest then most. Good luck with the blog going forward!

Jeff Lopez said...

2005 Château de Bellevue blaclkcurrant flavor when blends with a cuban cigars floral taste produces a a different flavor in the mouth.I pair these up more often.i buy the Cigars Online.

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Dennis said...

Many moons ago I had this wine with dinner in Charleston SC. I only just started keeping track of the wines I have had. I almost forgot about it. This was a great reminder. It was a great with French cut lamb chops.

Wine Gift Baskets said...

Bellevue has only been making terrific wine since 2000, which probably explains why they were not upgraded to a grand cru classe in St.-Emilion�s most recent reclassification. This small (15.5 acres), south-facing hillside vineyard has such outstanding neighbors as Angelus and both Beausejours. Additionally, it boasted Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt as managers, who represent uncompromising viticulture and winemaking at its best.