2003 Belle-Vue, Haut-Medoc

SKU #1038802 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A strong success, the 2003 offers a fragrant bouquet of black cherry jam, cedar, and toasty vanilla, a beautiful texture, and considerable persistence on the palate. The final blend included 27% Petit Verdot, which is rather remarkable. Perhaps that explains the freshness in this wine from the southern Medoc. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. Belle-Vue is an excellent choice for consumers seeking fairly-priced, high quality, classic Bordeaux. This nearly 25-acre vineyard is planted with an unusually high percentage of Petit Verdot (20%) along with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.  (4/ 2006)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2008  | Send Email
When I met winemaker Remy Fouin I was struck by how excited he got about his fermenters. They are made out of broken brick that gets watered and then naturally controls temperature without the use of machines. He is a very passionate winemaker and this wine delivers that passion and much more. Aromas of dark fruit and lots of cedar. He uses 100% Hungarian oak, which he feels is sweeter. I think the wine’s texture is the highlight. A tight little package for $20.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/18/2008  | Send Email
This bargain from the hot ’03 vintage is a delight to drink right now. It is gentle and toasty with oodles of dark fruit and a touch of black olive all done up in a soft, round, warm package. Delicious!

 By: Robert / Marielle Miller / Leon |  Review Date: 12/3/2008 
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A bargain at $20. Perhaps it's the oak or the Petit Verdot, but this is a jem.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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