2009 Bellevue-La-Randée, Bordeaux
Lively pepper and tobacco notes up front are followed by polished black currant and plum sauce flavors. The long, supple finish lets a roasted espresso note linger gently. Drink now through 2016.
Château Bellevue-La-Randée is located on the commune of Galgon. The wine making is traditional; alcoholic fermentation takes place in concrete tanks, as well as ageing. The wine is filtered before bottling. It consists of Merlot 45%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 45%. We tasted this wine in April on our Bordeaux trip, and bought it immediately. The wine is quite structured for ageing but can be enjoyed now after decanting. Great blackberry aromas and flavor. Sweet on the palate with silky, round tannins present. Broad shoulders. Very full bodied, and after one hour quite lush on palate. For $9.99 this is a steal! (Clyde Beffa, K&L's Bordeaux buyer)