2007 5ème Cru Classé Haut Médoc

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Classification 5ème Cru Classé

Dark cassis with a powerful spice of oak. The fruit is definitely lifted by the oak and this is more interesting than many of the Crus Bourgeois as a result.

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Some toast and pepper on the nose. Quite noble fruit concentration. Round and silky fruit. Much better than most Haut-Médocs. Supple fruit with some zestiness. A little green on the finish but not bad. Oak a little obvious. 2011-16

Intense black-red, smoky, quite fleshy nose, well-extracted, quite robust fruit, still with a green edge, but fleshiness and robustness dominate, more power than elegance. Drink 2012-17.
**** 16.5

Light and fruity, like the rest from this appellation, with some currant and mineral character. Short.
82 - 85/100


Haut-Médoc Cinquième cru 1855 Despite being listed as a 5th Growth in the 1855 classification, Château Belgrave's reputation for great wine-making is very recent. It is only since it came under the Dourthe umbrella that serious advances have been made in the vineyards, production techniques and, consequently, the finished wine. The estate is in the commune of St Laurent-Médoc and, therefore, only entitled to the Haut-Médoc appellation. However, only a small stream seperates the vineyards from St Julien, and the gravel soils are very much the same. Whilst the name might appear to derive from these same gravelly soils, apparently it dates from the time of an English owner who named his vineyard after the London district of Belgravia! Since the Dourthe take-over the vineyards have been gradually replanted to a more Médoc-like 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, whilst the proportion of Merlot has shrunk to just over 40%, with the rest made up of a little Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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