2012 Bellegrave, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Bellegrave has an intriguing, rather saline/brine scented bouquet with expressive Cabernet Franc. It takes a little time to find its delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannins. The Cabernet Franc component forms its conspicuous back bone - a Pomerol that is classic and “cool” in style. Nicely focused and delineated on the finish with well-integrated oak, don’t be surprised to find this blooming in several years. (NM)
Some raspberry and currant character with citrus undertones. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Needs a year or two to soften. Better in 2016.
Offers a racy feel, with damson plum, red currant and bitter cherry notes that course along the iron-edged structure, while bright floral and blood orange accents fill in the background. Pure and tightly focused at the core, with the vintage's austerity showing along the edges. Best from 2017 through 2022. 1,665 cases made. (JM, Web-2015)