BORDEAUX Château Belgrave 5ème Grand Cru Classé 2016, Haut-Médoc-375ml

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Château Belgrave 5ème Grand Cru Classé 2016, Haut-Médoc-375ml

£24.50

Category: France, BORDEAUX, Dourthe Vineyards, 2016

Château Belgrave is one of the oldest Cru vineyards in the Médoc.

“Extremely perfumed with lots of cabernet character, such as flowers and blackcurrants. Full body, a pretty core of fruit and very polished tannins that fold into the fruit. Extremely well crafted. A blend of 69 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 28 per cent merlot and three per cent petit verdot. Needs two or three years to come together. Try after 2022.” 94 Points, James Suckling, January 2019

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Situated at the extremities of the St-Julien appellation, separated from its neighbour Château Lagrange by only a stream, Château Belgrave is one of the oldest Cru vineyards in the Médoc.

In 1855 it was classified as a 5th growth because of the exceptional quality of its deep gravel soils. Since 1979, with Chateau Belgrave, we have been extremely privileged to manage this large, classic estate, which is amongst the finest in Medoc. This significant responsibility, continued source of investment and tireless, never truly assuaged quest for perfection, brings with it the immense satisfaction of in someway expressing the character of the soils and revealing in our wines the refinement, depth and personality of this outstanding terroir.

Grape

69% Cabernet-sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 3% Petit verdot

Vineyard & Vinification Note

HVE3 and Terra Vitis certified (High environmental value certificates)

The soils at Château Belgrave show remarkable diversity. Two hillocks made up of gravel and pebbles deposited thousands of years ago by the Garonne River, overlying a bed of clay, rise to 23 and 26 metres. This type of soil is favourable to late-ripening grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit-Verdot, which now covers 4% of the surface area following remodelling of the vineyard. The gravel thins towards the foot of the hillocks, where the soil is a combination of gravel and sand offering good drainage, and clay outcrops, which are particularly adapted to the cultivation of Merlot. A significant amount of work is carried out in the vineyard to ensure optimum quality of the grapes. Increasing the planting density per hectare to 10,000 hectares across 75% of the vineyard and increasing the canopy area moderates yields and improves the concentration of the grapes. The cultivation regime combined with sustainable plant protection throughout the growing cycle is then tailored to the mapping, including pruning methods, bud stripping, suckering, leaf plucking and cover planting.

Vineyard surface: 59 Ha

Soils: 2 hillocks of deep gravel lying on clay subsoils; gravely sandy soils and clay outcrop.

Harvest: Manual picking using small crates. Optical sorting.

Vinification: Stainless-steel vats of various capacities. Malolactic fermentation partially in barrels.

Tasting Note

Very, deep and concentrated in appearance. The complex bouquet harmonises well with the elegant, intense dark fruit flavours and spicy, liquorice notes. Powerful and full-bodied from the outset, the wine gains in length on the palate, while its core is packed with fruit and tobacco notes. The wine coats the dense, fine-grained, and silky tannic structure to perfection, and culminates in a lengthy, aromatic finish. Exquisite harmony defines this wine and once again reflects the distinction and elegance of Chateau Belgrave, Medoc Cru classé. Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director

James Suckling

Extremely perfumed with lots of cabernet character, such as flowers and blackcurrants. Full body, a pretty core of fruit and very polished tannins that fold into the fruit. Extremely well crafted. A blend of 69 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 28 per cent merlot and three per cent petit verdot. Needs two or three years to come together. Try after 2022. 94 Points, January 2019

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Belgrave is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and was picked from 28 September until 20 October. It has a generous bouquet with small dark cherries, blueberry and crushed violet aromas, quite Margaux-like in style. There is certainly good intensity here. The palate is medium bodied with a supple opening: blackberry, mint and cedar. From the start there is fine tension and there is very impressive structure towards the finish, plus a long saline aftertaste. This is a very strong follow-up to the 2015 Belgrave and indeed, it may surpass it. 90-92 Points, Neal Martin, April 2017

Wine Spectator

Solid, with plum and black currant notes forming the core, framed by a tobacco accent and backed by light iron and alder details on the finish. A textbook Haut-Médoc. Drink now through 2028. 18,750 cases made. 89 Points, James Molesworth, Web only 2019

Food Pairing

Perfectly matches red grilled or in sauce meat (roasted quails, beef fillet, rack of lamb with vegetables, duckling casserole, beef medallion with carrots and onions, spit hind), game (rolled fillet of hare with olives, roasted pheasant, pigeon in red sauce…), mature cheeses (cantal vieux, mimolette, gouda, Saint Nectaire, Salers, Morbier

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