Chateau Bellegrave, Pomerol, France 2008

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Chateau Bellegrave, Pomerol, France 2008


"This is a superb under-the-radar Pomerol wine with the backbone to suggest good ageing potential." 92 points

We thought this was a very smooth, polite Pomerol, but then we read Neal Martin's review (see below) and we paid it a bit more attention, because Martin wrote the definitive book on Pomerol, so his finger is squarely on the pulse and ignoring his recommendation would be like ignoring Rick Stein tipping you off about a great little fish and chip shop.

It's a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc and is about as smooth and silky as a wine can be. It is elegance personified and the only quibble we have is that it slips down so easily that you wish you had spent a bit more time in its company, which is precisely what Neal Martin is encouraging you to do. 13.5% alc. Drink now for smooth elegance or in 5 years for savoury maturity. Decant for sediment. Decant for aeration one hour before drinking. Drink now-2022.

Critical acclaim:

The Wine Advocate (Neal Martin):
"The Bellegrave ’08 has a very attractive, well-defined, natural bouquet with fresh raspberry, dark cherry and just a hint of blueberry. There is a tincture of crushed violet in the background, becoming more fragrant and perfumed with aeration. The palate is well balanced with gritty, tensile tannins, very good acidity with just a touch of spice on the entry, ebullient fresh dark cherry fruit with fine mineralité on the finish. The Cabernet Franc lends that savoury touch towards the finish. This is a superb under-the-radar Pomerol wine with the backbone to suggest good ageing potential. Superb." 92 points

Decanter: "Blackberry, cherry, vanilla and earthy fruit aroma. Firm fruit with good perfume, a lovely minerality and iron notes from the Pomerol soil. Fresh, sleek, integrated oak and a lovely zip in the middle. Good solid wine for the mid-term." 4**** Stars

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