The fruity freshness of a Cru Bourgeois from Haut-Medoc
A magnificent vintage at the estate, 2018 marks the very first cuvee of Chateau Belle-Vue produced from a blend of the five emblematic grape varieties of the Medoc, west of the Bordeaux region.
The 2018 vintage started with conditions that required a lot of work in the vineyard. However, the beautiful summer and long autumn that followed made it possible for the teams to bring in the best quality fruit. At Chateau Belle-Vue, the grape harvest began on September 26 with the Merlot, followed by Petit Verdot on October 12, Cabernet Sauvignon between October 10 and 17, and finished with Cabernet Franc and Carmenere.
A beautiful reference from the Haut-Medoc, the Chateau Belle-Vue 2018 is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Merlot (30%), Petit Verdot (20%), Cabernet Franc (1%) and Carmenere (1%).
The Chateau Belle-Vue 2018 clearly expresses the typicality of a Haut-Medoc wine from great soils of deep, coarse gravel. The Chateau Belle-Vue 2018 offers a superb expression of fruit with great freshness. The signature grape variety of the property, Petit Verdot, brings its unique personality to this vintage. A fantastic choice from Haut-Medoc from an excellent vintage.
Parker : 90 / 100
J. Suckling : 92 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
From northern Macau, the 2018 Belle-Vue includes five grapes in the blend for the first time this vintage: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carménère. Aging is projected to run 14 months in 30% new, 30% one-year-old and 20% two-year-old barrels, and the wine has 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sings of chocolate-covered cherries, fresh red and black currants and black raspberry scents with hints of wild sage, pencil lead and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has bags of freshness and energy with a chewy texture and mineral-tinged finish.