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Chateau Belle-Vue 2004

Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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0% ABV
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"Potentially better than the 2003, the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 reveals abundant amounts of sweet black cherry fruit intermixed with cedar, spice box, and toasty oak. Dense and medium-bodied with beautiful elegance, purity, and texture, it should drink well for a decade."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Barrel Sample: 88-90 Points

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Chateau Belle-Vue

Château Belle-Vue

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Château Belle-Vue, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
2004
From 1966 until 1996, Château Belle-Vue was part of Château de Gironville and all the vines were sold under the Gironville label. Since then, the cellars at Belle-Vue have been renovated and the estate now produces its own wine.

Over the last vintages, notably since 1999, the wines of Château Belle-Vue have been regularly distinguished with honors and medals in wine competitions and in the international press. The 9,73-hectare vineyard is located on a plateau with deep gravelly soil (7-10 meters) adjacent to Château Giscours (Margaux AOC). The soil is naturally well-drained, enabling the grapes to ripen early.

Haut Medoc

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Bordeaux Blends

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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, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

HNYVUEHMC04C_2004 Item# 90688

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