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2009 Belle-Vue Le Chateau 750ml

2009 Belle-Vue Le Chateau

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In a somewhat tragic twist, this over-achieving cru bourgeois in Haut-Medoc has turned in its finest wine to date, an unfined cuvee made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot, created by the late proprietor Vincent Mulliez, who died suddenly last year. Sadly, this was his best effort. Notes of blackberries, black currants, licorice and a hint of toasty oak jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, well-endowed, impressively pure and textured wine. It should drink nicely for up to a decade.

91 Points - Wine Advocate

Producer: Château Bellevue
Website: www.chateaubelle-vue.com


Price: $59.99

Availability: 8

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Varietal: Red Blend
Includes red wines where there is either no predominant variety or the blend is proprietary.

Country: Lebanon
The wine history of Lebanon began with the Phoenicians over 5,000 years ago. The original vineyards at Ksara were planted with Cinsaut, which was subsequently joined by other French vine varieties. Most of these remain in Lebanon’s vinicultural makeup today: red Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and white Ugni Blanc, Clairette and Chardonnay. The original plants were brought from France via the French colonies in Algeria, and with them came contemporary French winemaking wisdom. This, coupled with the country's period under French rule in the early 20th century, explains why Lebanon’s wine industry is so closely modeled on its counterpart in France. It is also the reason why Lebanese wineries are Chateaux and why the national wine authority, the UVL, is the Union Vinicole du Liban.

Region: Bhamdoun


Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.