2014 5ème Cru Classé Haut Médoc
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This is good, no-nonsense claret. Lovely classical shape - but with nicely delineated well ripened fruit core. Which is lifted by a touch of toasty oak and then cassis laced with nice, dark, crunchy berries. Firmish finish - but in a traditional Médoc way. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Belgrave has a straightforward but pure bouquet with blackcurrant and raspberry coulis. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet plummy fruit, moderate acidity, though the finish feels slightly over-extracted and therefore is missing just that bite and race you are looking for. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Mar 2018)
Relatively deep crimson. Powerful, suave nose and then a tad pinched and tart. But could be a good buy if inexpensive. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
The 2014 Belgrave is laced with the essence of gravel, black cherry, smoke, cured meats and incense. Dark, powerful and brooding, the 2014 possesses serious depth, intensity and personality. Drink this bold, hearty Haut-Médoc over the next decade. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2017)
The 2014 is dark, juicy and powerful. Intense savory notes open into black cherry, tobacco, smoke, incense and menthol. A wine of notable density, the Belgrave is super-expressive today, with more than enough fruit and mid-palate sweetness to stand up to the tannins. Rating: 89-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2015)
The Château Belgrave 2014 has a boatload of blackberry and wild strawberry fruit on the nose, the oak a little prominent at the moment, but it is well defined. The palate is quite powerful with thickset tannin, good acidity, lightly spiced with a mouthcoating, lightly spiced finish. It is a bit bold 'n' brassy...but I like that. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2015)
Very dark purple. Savoury, meaty with just enough flesh and a very firm, almost astringent texture. Pretty severe. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2015)
Inky and youthful, this wine seems a little firm and unyiedling at first, with its Cabernet Sauvignon adding a block of tannin, but it opens up on the palate, revealing fresh, leafy flavours, sweet oak and a long, savoury finish. One of the best CVBG reds. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2015)
Masses of ripe fruit, good plummy richness and firm tannins for the future. Fine modern Médoc. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 16.75 Decanter Magazine (Apr 2015)
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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