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2012 Château Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc

2012 Château Belle-Vue Haut-Médoc Bordeaux, France

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Today's Wine Comments:

'Very Good'- Wine Spectator, James Suckling, Vinous & Wine Enthusiast

Just a stone’s throw from the hallowed soils of Margaux, Chateau Belle-Vue is sitting on a Bordeaux lovers dream: the gravelly greatness of Margaux. The 2012 Belle-Vue is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant bottle that will bring all of those dreams to life. Heady blackberries, spiced red fruit, and layers of cocoa and leather ride high in every glassful.

Founded in 1996 as a challenge to the very best of Margaux, these vineyards have a Belle-Vue (literally Beautiful Sight in French) of the hallowed gravel terroir. But for a few feet, this wine could cost significantly more than it does. So, we’re thanking a Dutch gutter for the price, the quality, and the sheer beauty of this bottle!

Why we love it:

  • Spicy and rich Bordeaux featuring a larger than average dose of Petit Verdot (20%). Petit Verdot lends grippy tannins and fleshy berries.
  • In 1996, Remy Fouin carved Belle-Vue from his own estate to prove that the site just on the other side of the Dutch drain from his famed Margaux Chateau di Gironville property was every bit as capable of producing world-class Bordeaux.
  • The famed vineyards of Margaux’s Chateau Giscours lie just across a drainage ditch from the Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (35%) and Petit Verdot (15%) plantings of Belle-Vue.
  • Vincent Mulliez purchased the Chateau Belle-Vue in 2004. While he made his fortune working for JP Morgan in London, his passion lay in the rejuvenation of the estate. He modernized the cellar, improved the estate, and brought the wines to the international stage with great fanfare.

Toasty and polished, with a mocha note melding into the core of plum and blackberry compote flavors. Good tobacco and espresso hints run through the finish.

Chateau Belle Vue is located in Haut Medoc in the commune of Macau. Petit Verdot is particularly important on this gravelly terroir making up 20% with
Cabernet Sauvignon around 55% and Merlot around 25% also playing a part. 
Belle-Vue is established in 1996 when the previous owner Rémy Fouin set apart his best (Gironville) vineyards with the aim of producing a wine of… say Margaux quality: Belle-Vue directly borders the 3rd classed growth Château Giscours.

Acquired in 2004 by Vincent Mulliez, Castle BELLE-VUE comes from a land
whose history is intertwined with that of Bordeaux wine. Mulliez joked that it
would be a good sign when one-day people would describe Giscours "as the
neighbor of the famous Château Belle-Vue." But until today this is the other
way round, I'm afraid. Since the death of Vincent Mulliez in May 2010 (at 44 yrs of age), his wife Isabelle took over the management of the Civil Society of Gironville to pursue with determination the work begun by her husband.

This rigorous and enterprising man had succeeded in a few years to impose its
three properties, Belle-Vue, Gironville and Bolaire among the best recognition
in the Médoc.

Pair this wine with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Wine Ratings

92 Insider Points

Very Good- Wine Spectator

Very Good- James Suckling

Very Good- Vinous

Very Good- Wine Enthusiast

Distinguished- Jancis Robinson

Wine Reviews

Left-Bank Bordeaux is Everything I Love in a Red.

Bordeaux is my first love (in wine at least). After spending 2 summers working on a vineyard in the iconic land, it earned a special place in my heart. When a delicious wine from the area comes across my desk, it puts put me right into the fields pruning the vines. 

A dark chocolate & blueberry nose. On the palate, bright berry palate, blackberry, black currant, fresh tobacco, and an earthy undertone. Light anise on a medium finish. If you fancy a trip tp France, check out Bordeaux in June (the 21st of the month to be exact).

92 Points - JZ February '18

"Toasty and polished, with a mocha note melding into the core of plum and blackberry compote flavors. Good tobacco and espresso hints run through the finish. A frankly modern style, and a savory, solid effort for the vintage. Drink now through 2017. 9,200 cases made- Wine Spectator

"This red shows pretty cassis, plums, and mineral notes on the nose, following through to a full body with firm tannins and fresh acidity. A year or two would help soften the tannins."-James Suckling

"(51% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 21% petit verdot): Deep ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, licorice and herbs are complemented by spicy chocolate. Smooth, suave and juicy, with pliant, subtly sweet black cherry, red berry and cocoa flavors complicated by an herbal element. Not a big wine but nicely balanced and fresh, finishing with good length and no green edges--a pleasant surprise in light of the high content of petit verdot. Still, some estates were remarkably successful with this variety in 2012, and Belle-Vue is among them. Part of their success may be due to the high average age of the vines (32 years) and the gravel-rich soils located on the plateau near Giscours and Cantemerle, but at 53 h/h the yield was generous. The wine was fermented in squat stainless steel tanks with a long (50-day) maceration punctuated by frequent, gravity-driven delestages (i.e., no pump-overs)."- Vinous

"Belle-Vue changed its usual blend for 2012 to emphasize the ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. That gives a fresh black currant-flavored wine that is layered with ripe tannins and acidity. Fruity, it will develop quickly, so drink from 2017."- Wine Enthusiast

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