"(51% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 21% petit verdot): Deep ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, licorice and herbs are complemented by spicy chocolate. Smooth, suave and juicy, with pliant, subtly sweet black cherry, red berry and cocoa flavors complicated by an herbal element. Not a big wine but nicely balanced and fresh, finishing with good length and no green edges--a pleasant surprise in light of the high content of petit verdot. Still, some estates were remarkably successful with this variety in 2012, and Belle-Vue is among them. Part of their success may be due to the high average age of the vines (32 years) and the gravel-rich soils located on the plateau near Giscours and Cantemerle, but at 53 h/h the yield was generous. The wine was fermented in squat stainless steel tanks with a long (50-day) maceration punctuated by frequent, gravity-driven delestages (i.e., no pump-overs) "
Ian D'Agata 86-89 Punkte
Quelle: www.vinous.com Mai 2013