Chateau Bellefont Belicier has been showing gradual improvement over the last decade or so; this vintage is no exception! The blend here is 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a lush wine with lots of bright fruit!
The estate of Chateau Bellefont Belcier was founded in the 17th century, and the vineyards were first planted in the mid 18th by Count Louis Francois de Belcier who would later build the chateau iteself. The name is taken from the natural springs, found in the local St. Emilion hills. Winemaking facilities would be constructed by later owners, and Grand Cru status was awarded in 2008.
In September 2012, Chateau Bellefont Belcier was purchased by Juxin Wines & Spirits, a distributor, based and operating in China.
The 12.5 hectare vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Very deep crimson. Intense, alluring nose with masses of ripe fruit. 11% Cabernet Sauvignon! (72% Merlot). Very exciting wine. Fills all the palate and has tannins in abundance but lots of sumptuous fruit too. Needs time.
Almost opaque in color, the wine is smoky, floral and fruity. There is a profundity of flavor, purity of fruit, freshness and complexity. From a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the alcohol reached 15% with no sensation of heat. The harvest took place between October 11 and October 22. This wine is a big step up for the estate and is clearly the best wine they have ever produced
The 2016 Bellefont Belcier is a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 80% new oak. It has a satisfying if not sensational bouquet that does not quite get to grips with its propitious terroir as I was hoping. This came across as a little muted perhaps. The palate is sweet and velvety on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. It gathers pace, gaining more intensity towards its spice-tinged finish with a hint of graphite courtesy of the Cabernet Sauvignon, although I was seeking a little more length on the aftertaste. There is certainly good aging potential here, and I suspect that it will come together nicely once in bottle.
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