2015 5ème Cru Classé Haut Médoc
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74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. We found Belgrave very unforgiving at the tastings in Bordeaux, but a sample tasted here in London showed more promise - a dense dark wine but there's spice and a fresh edge. This property has been on the up recently and this looks a good bet. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 89-90 L&S (May 2016)
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A dense and layered red with wet earth and blue fruits. Sweet tobacco, too. Soft tannins give this full-bodied wine a juicy richness and decadence. Plump mouthfeel. So good now but better in two or three years. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)
Belgrave is a classified growth in all but name, producing wines that are rich, structured, complex and age worthy. This is floral and dense, built around a core of minerally, graphitescented Cabernet. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
A fresh, matchsticky nose here, with some suggestions of desiccated blackcurrant and juniper berry, fairly typical for the vintage, but with some sulphurous wisps too. A nicely poised texture, quite supple, medium-bodied but fresh and showing a finely polished substance, firm but not austere in character. This feels very correct, with a nice grip in the finish, poised and ripe. A classically styled wine, from an under-rated state. Rating: 15.5-16.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
Very very intense dark crimson. Very fresh and vital. Clearly lots of work has gone into the Dourthe flagship. Smooth as satin but with good dry vitality. Really racy. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
Quite smoky nose and richness of fruits shows the proximity to St-Julien. There’s a certain earthiness and good tannins. A very good, solid wine; fine future. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 90 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)
Plump and soft-edged, with cherry and blackberry notes lined with light cedar and tobacco hints. Rating: 87—90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
A rich and spicy young red with chocolate, plum and berry aromas and flavors. Full and silky textured. Very attractive. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)
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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