Belgrave is such a reliable Château and in 2020 the fruit is cassis-driven, medium-weight and refreshing tart on the finish. It is also not too tannic, just lively and classically shaped. What I particularly like though is the array of fruit on the nose. There are layers here and complexity, too and as this wine softens they will be sure to charm all-comers. Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)
75cl bottles (wood case of 6)
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The 2020 Belgrave is a promising Haut-Médoc. Graphite, scorched earth, cloves, licorice and lavender create a deep, penetrating bouquet. There is good depth and energy here, even if the 2020 remains just a bit lean. All the Belgrave needs is a bit more midpalate juiciness. Tasted two times. Drinking range: 2026 - 2035 Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)
The 2020 Belgrave is matured in 32% new oak for an expected 12 months. It has what you might call a punchy nose, featuring brambly black fruit and touches of brine and sea spray; it would benefit from a little more cohesion. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, good acidity and a very classic Médoc, tobacco-tinged finish that just needs a little more flair. Maybe that will develop during its barrel maturation. Conservative at the moment. Drinking range: 2026 - 2036 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)
Sappy and muscular black fruits here, you really get the impression that the tannins and colour components in the grapes have been searched for and gently coaxed out. Tobacco leaf and redcurrant aromatics arrive that show the fruits are not as exuberant as in some years, but this has been well handled and carefully balanced. 32% new oak for ageing. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. 32% new oak. Partial malo in barrel. Deep purple-crimson, like elderberry juice. An attractive first impression of stone dust, with woody spice and non-sweet very dark fruit. Smells dark and rocky and elegant. Firm, dry and savoury on the palate too, the tannins chewy but lots of fine layers rather than a mass. Fresh and dry on the finish with a sinewy refinement that is so characteristic of left-bank bordeaux. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2021)
Very pretty and fresh with blackberry and blueberry aromas. Some flowers, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with round, polished tannins and a vivid finish. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2021)
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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Prices are all in bond by the case size stated.
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- Shipment to our bond (at LCB Creek Road) and insurance are included in the in bond price.
- Delivery is free to Lea and Sandeman / Elephant storage accounts, both duty paid and in bond.
- Other deliveries (In Bond and Duty Paid) are also free subject to a minimum order from the offer of £500. Orders below this total will be charged an administration and handling fee of £16.50+ VAT when invoices are issued. We will group deliveries and this is a charge for your entire purchases, not a per-case charge.
- Delivery of 2020 Bordeaux bought en primeur is expected during 2023. Delivery dates may vary as wines are shipped from Bordeaux at different times.
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Practical notes - how it works
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Half-bottles, Magnums and larger bottles.
One of the additional advantages of buying en primeur is being able to order the wine in the format you want. While most of our listings are for 75cl bottles, we can source wines in any format if offered by the Château. Please note that format requests cannot be changed once wines have been invoiced. Additional charges for special formats do apply and are as follows:-
- +£20 per case of 24 half-bottles
- +£10 per case of 6 Magnums (2 bottles equivalent, 1.5 litres each)
- +£35 per individually boxed Double Magnum (4 bottles equivalent, 3 litres)
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