2018 Petit Verdot by Belle-Vue, Bordeaux

2018 Petit Verdot by Belle-Vue, Bordeaux

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2018 Petit Verdot by Belle-Vue, Bordeaux

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous89/100

The 2018 Le Petit Verdot by Belle-Vue is plump, juicy and dangerously delicious. Inky red fruit, blood orange, herbs, incense and licorice all open in this succulent, inviting red from Belle-Vue. In 2018, the Petit Verdot is not quite as varietal as it can be, but there is good savoriness, energy and complexity.

Drink 2022 - 2030

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (Mar 2021)

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Neal Martin, Vinous87/100
The 2018 Petit Verdot from Château Belle-Vue is quite closed on the nose, the dusky black fruit and brown spices only reluctantly emerging from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with black cherries, boysenberry and black pepper mixed with clove toward the finish. If the aromatics gain more energy and vigor, then this might end up very attractive, but I remain prudent for now.

Drink 2023-2028

Neal Martin, Vinous (Jan 2021) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck93/100
Coming from 100% Petit Verdot (which you don't see often), the 2018 Le Petit Verdot by Belle-Vue reveals a deep purple hue to go with smoky black fruits, scorched earth, graphite, and violet nuances followed by a rich, medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated style on the palate. I love its tannins, it has wonderful purity of fruit, and is just loaded with potential. Give bottles 2-4 years, and it should be a treat to drink any time over the following 10-15 years.

Drink 2023-2038

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (Mar 2021) Read more
James Suckling88/100
Sort of odd, but intriguing with green coffee-bean and fruit aromas and flavours. Medium body, firm tannins and a juicy and lightly earthy underlay to finish. 100% petit verdot. Drink or hold.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Mar 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Château Belle-Vue

Château Belle-Vue

Ch. Belle-Vue is a 15-hectare estate in the Haut-Médoc appellation, just south of some top Margaux estates and next to Ch. Giscours. As of the 2018 vintage, it is classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, the top tier of that classification.

Ch. Belle-Vue is a 15-hectare estate located in the south of the Haut-Médoc appellation near Macau. The estate stands out for its use of Petit Verdot. As of the 2018 vintage, Belle-Vue is classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, the top tier of that classification. Belle-Vue – along with sister properties Ch. Gironville and Ch. Bolaire – is owned by the heirs of the late financier Vincent Mulliez. The estates are run by Vincent’s widow, Isabelle, and director Jérôme Pineau.

The estate situated just south of some top Margaux properties, and is right next to Ch. Giscours. The soils at Belle-Vue are deep, fine gravel. Petit Verdot makes up 24% of the vineyard; some vines date back to the 1930s. There are plans to expand the proportion to 25%.

In addition to the grand vin, the team here produce a single-varietal Petit Verdot from old vines, aged in amphoras.

Since 2017, Belle-Vue has had HVE-3 certification; this is the highest level of France’s Haute Valeur Environnementale program, promoting environmentally friendly viticulture.

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Despite being as visually unprepossessing as the rest of the Médoc (despite its grandiose châteaux) this large red-wine appellation of Haut-Médoc is home to some of the world’s greatest wines. Its 4,500 hectares of vineyards form a largely continuous strip that follows the Gironde from St Seurin-de-Cadourne, just north of St Estèphe, to Blanquefort in the northern suburbs of Bordeaux.

All the great communes of the Left Bank fall within its boundaries: Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe, as well as the up and coming Moulis and Listrac. These are labelled under their own, more illustrious and expensive appellation names. Châteaux labelled simply as Haut-Médoc rarely reach such heights, but nevertheless offer consistently good quality and offer some of the best value in Bordeaux.

Haut-Médoc wines tend to be firm and fine with generous fruit and a nice minerality – what many would consider ‘classic Claret’. They come from loftier vineyards and offer higher quality and more complexity than those labelled simply as ‘Médoc’. Almost all wines are a blend of the principal varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – which helps producers hedge their bets if the slightly capricious climate causes one variety to fail. Small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and even Carmenère are also used.

The higher proportion of sand and gravel to the south tends to produce finer wines, while the heavier clay and gravel north of Margaux yields sturdier examples. The best Haut-Médocs are found north of Ludon, a village just below Margaux. These include five classified Growths: Third Growth Ch. La Lagune, underperforming Fourth Growth Ch. la Tour Carnet and Fifth Growths Ch. Cantemerle, Ch. Camensac and Ch. Belgrave – as well as a number of fine Cru Bourgeois. Ageing ability varies but the lesser wines are usually delicious after three to four years, lasting around a decade, while the Cru Classés have a drinkability window of around six to 15 years.

Recommended Châteaux (labelled as Haut-Médoc): Ch. Beaumont, Ch. Belgrave, Ch. Cantemerle, Ch. Peyrabon

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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