2010 Chateau Bel-Air

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88-90
Jeff Leve: 85
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$24.95

POMEROL UNDER 50 BUCKS, RARELY SEEN! HERE IS ONE WE'VE JUST TASTED AND SAID, WOW!! DRINKING GREAT!!

FYI: "This estate is not far from Trotanoy, and the wine is certainly very Pomerol." (AG)

"Tasted at the Syndicat de Pomerol. The Bel Air 2010 has a smudged, clayey nose with touches of vanilla extract and rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with a chewy entry, dark berried, peppery fruit. It is nicely composed and quite natural on the finish, constituting a commendable Pomerol cru. Tasted April 2011." (WA)

"Quaffable Pomerol, with an earthy, black cherry personality, medium body and a dusty, cherry finish. 85 points - Tasted May 13, 2015" (JL)

YES, THERE IS A GOOD 2010 POMEROL CHÂTEAU FOR ONLY $24.95 2010 CHATEAU BEL-AIR, Appl. POMEROL

To assure you of the obvious, this Chateau Bel-Air comes from the same Pomerol that is the home of Ch. Petrus and L’Evangile, etc. True it is on the lower eastern slope of Pomerol, yet it still produces a most firm and food-oriented dry red wine well worth $24.95 though I must admit it’s a leap from the $3000 plus cost of a Petrus.

This 2010 Pomerol from Chateau Bel-Air is a noticeably sturdy red, tending to be firm and austere, with only a subtitle amount of fruitiness; these are tendencies that allow it to be particularly a fine companion with Lamb and Beef dishes. One also finds in this 2010 a noticeable amount of new oak character. This firm fellow will continue to offer fine drinking for another five to ten years.

Chateau Bel-Air covers about 30 acres and produces about 5,500 cases a year. The cepage is a whooping 95% Merlot, with a 5% dab of Cabernet Franc.

RATING: 90/91
PRICE: $24.95, **** bargain
WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.
(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)