2014 Belle Coline, Côtes de Blaye (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1209761 89-90 points James Suckling

 Another red with pretty concentration and depth of fruit. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Best ever from here?  (3/2015)

90 points Vinous

 The 2014 Belle Coline is plump, juicy and flat-out delicious. A dollop of Malbec adds lift and midpalate depth to the dark cherry and plum flavors. Smoke, licorice, leather and dark spices meld into the resonant, inviting finish. (AG)  (2/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 While this young wine is dry now, it has good potential with rich fruits developing well. Dark and firm at the moment, it will become a generous rounded wine as it ages. The 30-acre Etienne Barre and Christophe Reboul Salze estate is managed by the Stephane Derenoncourt team. Drink from 2019. (RV)  (12/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh, with damson plum and sanguine notes, followed by a light incense hint through the finish. Elegant. (Web Only—2015)

K&L Notes

This is the first vintage of this wine. The vineyard is made up of wines of an average age of 45 years, never being replanted, of which the oldest are 60 years or more. The grape varieties planted are Merlot (90%) and Malbec (10%). This wine exudes freshness. Concentrated while being soft and rich. Intense aromas. Long and elegant.

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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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