2023 Château Belgrave, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

2023 Château Belgrave, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

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2023 Château Belgrave, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

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Description

Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Merlot.

In the Haut-Médoc appellation, a stone’s throw from Ch. Lagrange and the border of the St Julien commune, Belgrave is always a sound choice for good value but also a rather sophisticated red Bordeaux. It made a very good effort this year, with excellent depth of fruit balancing the rich tannins very well. There is a note of succulence on the mid-palate, nodding towards St Julien. The wine feels very well assembled and hits all the right notes at this level.

Drink 2028 - 2038

Our score: 16.5/20

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Jane Anson91/100

Firm tannic structure, textured slate and rose bud adding savoury character and punch, plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, soft through the mid palate but this is unfussy and well made. 30% new oak for ageing.

Drink 2028 - 2038

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous90-92/100

The 2023 Belgrave has impressive fruit intensity on the nose, showing plenty of brambly black fruit laced with tobacco and cedar: classic Claret in style. I've come to expect that from this estate. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, counterbalanced by ripe blackberry fruit laced with white pepper and tobacco. There’s just the right amount of dryness on the finish to complete this excellent (often well-priced) Belgrave.

Drink 2028 - 2042

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous91-93/100

The 2023 Belgrave is a stellar wine and one of the sleepers in this vintage. Rich and layered in the glass, with terrific persistence, the 2023 has so much to offer. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice and new leather all meld together in this wonderfully expressive, nuanced Haut-Médoc. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot with no Petit Verdot in this vintage. The 2023 is a very fine mini Saint-Julien of sorts, and I mean that in the best sense of the term. Tasted two times.

Drink 2027 - 2043

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW85-87/100

The 2023 Belgrave has a deep garnet-purple color. Notes of wild sage and stewed red plums lead to hints of wet slate and black olives, with a hint of charcoal. The light to medium-bodied palate is a touch lean and simple, yet nicely composed with soft tannins and a refreshing finish.

Drink 2026 - 2033

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW16+/20

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Cask sample.

Blueberry and cassis aromas. Fresh and pure. Same on the palate, the fruit juicy, the tannins adding freshness and length. Some grip on the finish. Balanced.

Drink 2028 - 2036

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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James Suckling94-95/100

This is very structured and solid with a pretty center-palate of fruit and chewy tannins. Medium- to full-bodied with cool blue fruit and mineral undertones and some stone character. Well done. Better than 2022.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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Jeb Dunnuck89-91/100

A consistently terrific Haut-Médoc, the 2023 Château Belgrave is deep purple-hued and offers up some smoky oak as well as beautiful darker fruits, spice, chalky minerality, and lead pencil-like nuances. It's balanced, medium-bodied, has solid mid-palate depth, and ripe tannins, all pointing to an outstanding Haut Médoc that should have some upfront charm as well as longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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About this WINE

Chateau Belgrave

Chateau Belgrave

Château Belgrave, classed as a 5ème Cru Classé in the 1855 Classification, was a run-down property producing fairly mediocre wines until 1980. Salvation came in the form of the Bordeaux firm, Dourthe, which bought Belgrave and immediately renovated the cuverie and cellars, as well as extensively replanting the vineyards. By the mid 80s, cult oenologist Michel Rolland was consulting and the subsequent rise in quality has been meteoric.

Belgrave is situated in Saint-Laurent, which is just outside the St-Julien appellation, and there are 55 hectares of vineyards, planted with Cabernet-Sauvignon (40%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Petit Verdot (5%). The wine is matured in oak barriques, 50% new, for between 15 and 18 months.

Belgrave produces sleek, stylish and harmonious clarets that, while difficult to resist when young, amply reward cellaring for up to 10 years.

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Haut-Medoc

Haut-Medoc

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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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet 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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