2010 Chateau Bellefont-Belcier (Case of Twelve)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Vinous Media: 89-92
James Suckling: 87-88
Red Wine


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"Dense and ripe, showing its wood today, this has lots of spicy aromas leading to flashy mocha, blueberry preserves and anise notes, with incense, vanilla and blackberry on the finish. Not as integrated now as most, but there are plenty of components in place." (WS)

"One of the finest Bellefont Belciers I have tasted, this outstanding 2010 boasts an opaque ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of kirsch, licorice and sandalwood, excellent fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a full-bodied mouthfeel and moderate tannin in the finish. This beauty will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and drink well for 15-20 years. " (WA)

"(70% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon, cropped at a reported 28 hectoliters per hectare; 14% alcohol) Medium-deep ruby. Raspberry, violet, mocha and a hint of smoky torrefaction on the nose. Dense, sweet and creamy, with red cherry and berry flavors lifted by a floral component. Finishes sweet and pure, with fine tannins, very good length and a persistent hint of coffee. One of the best young Bellefont-Belciers I recall." (IWC)

"Chewy and solid, with bright dark fruit, fresh acidity and a little tough on finish. One-dimensional.$$" (JS)