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| ||Tasted by euroyup on 12/25/2014 & rated 87 points: Nice herbal note. No further formal notes. 87-88. (434 views)|
| ||Tasted by Racer117 on 5/15/2014 & rated 88 points: A great simple bottle of Bordeaux; touch of funk on the nose with layered flavors of cassis, berry, and vanilla. The acidity is substantial but not imbalanced. A serious bargain to be sure. (1187 views)|
| ||Tasted by buffyst on 7/20/2013 & rated 90 points: Even better than I remember it. [See note from 01/10/2013] (2042 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tracypyo on 7/16/2013 & rated 86 points: Smooth but not complex at all. (1936 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tracypyo on 4/5/2013 & rated 88 points: Ruby red color. Nose of earthy forest floor, mushrooms and hints of vanilla. Red cherries and wood accents on the palate leading to a short to medium finish. Not a bad wine by any stretch and a pretty good value for the price. A weekday wine that I plan on consuming remaining bottles over next year or two. (2257 views)|
| ||Tasted by alhun on 3/15/2013 & rated 90 points: value for money. (2005 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tsubasa on 2/9/2013 & rated 87 points: Dry wine, nose is ver subtle. Some nutty and earthy flavor. Expecting something better, a bit disappointed. (1631 views)|
| ||Tasted by buffyst on 1/10/2013 & rated 89 points: The Belle-Vue is a dark purple-ruby. The composition is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot. Although the nose is slightly muted, with time come faint aromas of wild cherries, roasted herbs, lillies, and soiled straw. Rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. The blackfruits glisten on the palate, accompanied by kirsch and vanilla. Nice balance and integration. 13% abv. Extraordinary value! Drink or hold. (1246 views)|
| ||Tasted by JustDrinkIt on 12/22/2012 & rated 88 points: PnP|
Much nicer bottle than the 2006, but not quite in the class of the 2009. This was balanced in black fruit, tannin and acid, totally smooth and not overtly dense. The aromatics however was quite muted and tight. The taste was savory and delightful. Again for $10.50 (inc $2.00 shipping) this is a QPR bargain for everyday drinking with dinner in my books. (1445 views)
| ||Tasted by edub7 on 3/11/2012 & rated 90 points: Excellent, dark fruits and fresh. I currently prefer the 2007 over the well regarded 2006 Belle Vue ( which is more plummy) while the 2007 retains a great freshness. For a wine at this price tag, this is a big winner. (2375 views)|
| ||Tasted by oakland.cory on 2/28/2012 & rated 90 points: Chalk it up to bottle variation, this was a terrific bottle of Bordeaux. Easily tasted like a $30+ wine, barnyard aromas giving away to pure, layered fruit, vanilla, and cassis. Smooth tannins, I'd hold for a couple of years. (2280 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tsubasa on 9/5/2011 & rated 89 points: Nice Bordeaux, it's a classic Bordeaux style wine. Great black fruits, nice tannic, very appealing to the palette. Will buy more. (2651 views)|
| ||Tasted by hushilden on 3/6/2011 & rated 89 points: Blackberry and kirsch. Cereamy, but refreshing. Over the course of the last year this wine developed nicely and lost a lot of initial adstringency and acidity. What a waste thatI drunk already half the case since this wine is developing into a QPR beauty (1848 views)|
Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) - Read about Chateau Belle-Vue
Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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Médoc Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
Haut-Médoc Read more about Haut Medoc and its wines Long-standing fame The legally created division into Médoc and Haut-Médoc dates from 1935. But as long ago as 1815 a Chartrons broker, whose word carried weight, spoke of great red wines in the Haut-Médoc, so recognizing the high quality successfully achieved by this region's growers in the eighteenth century. The same Bordeaux broker revealed that the business world of the Chartrons and the great Bordeaux proprietors had established a sort of league-table of the parishes in which the vine-growing communes of today's Haut-Médoc appellation showed up well.
The Haut-Médoc appellation stretches over some thirty seven miles from north to south, from Saint-Seurin de Cadourne to Blanquefort. Within this area, certain zones produce wines exclusively with the Haut-Médoc appellation. It has terroirs of remarkable quality. And although we may note a certain predominance of layers of gravel (essentially Garonne gravel) from the Quaternary, all these sites are characterized by their wide diversity. Today in the southernmost communes of the appellation, the suburbs of Bordeaux, numerous vineyards which existed at the beginning of the twentieth century have disappeared, victims of urban expansion. But the vines live on... because man has retained his devotion to them.
The astonishing variety of different terroirs, the result of the very extent of the area, explains the diversity of Haut-Médoc wines, a fact which is rare within one and the same appellation.
But, over and above the differences, linked to this mosaic of climatic and geological influence, all these wines have the same family traits of character.
Alert and lively, full-bodied without being too powerful, and harmoniously balanced, they acquire a rare bouquet over the years.
In order to have the right to the Haut-Médoc appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Blanquefort, Le Taillan, Parempuyre, Le Pian, Ludon, Macau, Arsac, Labarde, Cantenac, Margaux, Avensan, Castelnau, Soussans, Arcins, Moulis, Listrac, Lamarque, Cussac, Saint-Laurent de Médoc, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Sauveur, Cissac, Saint-Estèphe, Vertheuil, Saint-Seurin de Cadourne "excluding all the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (48 hectolitres per hectare).