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Chateau Belgrave (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018

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Winemaker Notes

This 2018 Belgrave, with a classic Medoc blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, is an exceptionnal wine, with great depth, density, freshness, once again "very Saint-Julien".

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JS 94
James Suckling
Wonderful aromas of blackcurrants and violets. Very fresh. Full-bodied, vivid and firm-textured. Very long and focused.
Barrel Sample: 93-94
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
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.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Pure and fresh, with floral lift to the beam of cassis and bitter cherry fruit. Mineral-edged finish.
Barrel Sample: 89-92
D 92
Decanter
Increasingly consistent and impressive wines are emerging from this property. This 2018 takes quite a while to unfurl, showing its seriousness and desire to age. It's a violet-edged wine in the glass, less effortless and exuberant than some but with beautifully handled extraction. The flavours have persistency and grip, with touches of slate and pepper giving a real show of minerality and spice. 33% new oak.
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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Belgrave reveals scents of crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and fresh blackcurrants with touches of damp soil, fungi, charcuterie and sautéed herbs. Full-bodied and completely packed with rich, black fruit layers, it has a solid foundation of firm, chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Château Belgrave is a hidden little gem that’s well worth seeking out. Darker fruits, roasted coffee, and earthy notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, juicy, focused Haut-Médoc that picks up more complex floral notes with time in the glass. It’s balanced, offers bright acidity and firm tannins, and will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
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Chateau Belgrave

Chateau Belgrave

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Chateau Belgrave, France
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Included as a 5th growth in the 1855 classification thanks to the quality of its deep gravel soil, Chateau Belgrave has been managed by the negociant firm of Dourthe since 1979. An attractive 18th century hunting lodge surrounded by sixty hectares of vines in a single block, Belgrave is located in the commune of Saint-Laurent, separated from the Saint-Julien appellation only by a small stream.

A great deal of work, passion, and energy have gone into producing wines worthy of one of the finest terroirs in the Medoc. The vineyard has been entirely renovated and is looked after with great care and attention.

The aging cellar was also refurbished in 2007 in an unabashedly modern style epitomising the rebirth of the estate. Thanks to this in-depth modernization and expert care, Chateau Belgrave is now among the elite of Medoc great growths.

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One of the most—if not the most—famous red wine regions of the world, the Medoc reaches from the city of Bordeaux northwest along the left bank of the Gironde River almost all the way to the Atlantic. Its vineyards climb along a band of flatlands, sandwiched between the coastal river marshes and the pine forests in the west. The entire region can only claim to be three to eight miles wide (at its widest), but it is about 50 miles long.

While the Medoc encompasses the Haut Medoc, and thus most of the classed-growth villages (Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St-Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe) it is really only those wines produced in the Bas-Medoc that use the Medoc appellation name. The ones farther down the river, and on marginally higher ground, are eligible to claim the Haut Medoc appellation, or their village or cru status.

While the region can’t boast a particularly dramatic landscape, impressive chateaux disperse themselves among the magically well-drained gravel soils that define the area. This optimal soil draining capacity is completely necessary and ideal in the Medoc's damp, maritime climate. These gravels also serve well to store heat in cooler years.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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