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CHATEAU BELLE-VUE
HAUT-MEDOC Rouge (Red)

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Ownership & history:

Both Château de Gironville and Château Belle-Vue were bought by Vincent Mulliez in 2004. He then made huge investments in the infrastructure and built up a highly skilled team. The resulting wines exude quality and have established an international reputation for excellence.

Vineyard & location:

The estate is located in Macau in the heart of the Médoc, near to the village of Margaux. Consequently the vineyard has a number of prestigious neighbours, such as Châteaux du Tertre and Giscours.

Harvest, vinification & ageing:

Blackcurrant, wild cherries, cedar and liquorice aromas emerge from a dense, refined, tannic body. A long, creamy finish with black pepper notes thanks to the Petit Verdot grape.

Tasting:

The grapes are picked by hand. Cold prefermentation lasts for twenty days, extracting the primary fruit aromas. There is a long maceration (35 days) in stainless steel vats. The malolactic fermentation is partially carried out in barrels for a smooth integration of the wine with the oak. Finally, the wine is aged for fifteen months in oak barrels before bottling.

Vintage :

2012

Blend:

50% Cab. Sauvignon
30% Merlot
20% Petit Verdot

Cellaring potential:

10 to 15 years

Awards & press:

2012:
Parker 86-88
Wine Spectator 84-87(+)
Neal Martin 84-86(+)

2008:
Wine Advocate 88-90
Wine Enthusiast 90
Wine Spectator 89
Jancis Robinson 17
2009:
Wine Spectator 89
RVF 17.5
2010:
Jancis Robinson 17
Decanter 16.5