The wine offers a rich and intense bouquet of blackcurrant, blackberry and strawberry. It is smooth and full in the mouth with a velvety texture. Acidity combined with firm but well-integrated tannins are a fine supporting cast to the black fruit flavors at the end.
|Vintage:||2015||Grape Varietals:||65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc||ABV:||13.5%|
|Aging:||Aged for 12 months in mostly new oak barrels (90% French oak and 10% American oak)|
Cold maceration for 3 days.
Temperature-controlled fermentation at 28°C.
4 daily remontages during alcoholic fermentation.
Post fermentary maceration during 15 days.
Aged for 12 months in mostly new oak barrels (90% French oak and 10% American oak), and some Château Haut Brion 2nd Barrels.
Grilled beef steaks, or lamb chops.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F0EE163006MRM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 00990 9||1 07 84585 00990 6||$21.99|
"A blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc from the Castillon region of Bordeaux, the 2015 Chateau Bellevue Vieilles Vignes offers a solid bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, dried tobacco, and smoked earth. This carries to a medium to full-bodied 2015 that has a nicely textured, fruit-loaded, ready-to-go style that’s ideal for drinking over the coming 7-8 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 89 pts
"Catherine and Michel Lydoire purchased this 30-acre vineyard in 1998, the vines planted on the clay-limestone slope that reaches from St-Emilion to Castillon. Their 2014 is a great bistro wine, its taut structure carrying strawberry-red fruit and rose scents. Bright and pretty, gracious and firm, this is a wine to drink in the fall with steak frites."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (October 2017), 91 pts - BEST BUY
"Old vines and wood aging have given this wine rich concentration. It is smoky, spicy and still firm with tannins. The structure is filling out with the blackberry fruits and acidity. The wine will be ready to drink from 2017. — R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (September 1st 2016), 88 pts
"This rich wine conveys flavors of milk chocolate and ripe black plums. It is smooth, velvet-textured and full in the mouth. Acidity and firm tannins are a fine supporting cast to the black fruit flavors at the end. Drink from 2016. — R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (October 1st 2014), 87 pts
"Mint and tannins feature in the initial flavor, then it opens out to show delicious blackberry juice fruit. The tannins are dry but integrate with acidity to give more serious aspect to this balanced wine. — R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (October 1st 2014), 89 pts