2016 Chateau Bellefont-Belcier

Year: 2016
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Wine Advocate: 93+
Vinous Media: 91-94
James Suckling: 94-95
Wine Enthusiast: 91-93--Jeff Leve: 94
Red Wine

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"Vivacious blackberry and boysenberry fruit rushes through, backed by ample licorice and sweet spice notes, but without an overtly toasty profile, letting a mineral edge chime in on the finish. Score range: 90-93 -JM " (WS)

"The 2016 Bellefont Belcier is blended of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged for 20 months in 80% new and 20% one-year-old barrels. Michel Rolland consults for this wine. Deep garnet-purple in color, it gives delicate dried flowers, garrigue, dusty soil and smoked meats over warm black plums and blackberry preserves with hints of menthol. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated and muscular with a rock-solid structure and loads of layered black fruit in the mid-palate, with a lingering earthiness to the finish. 5,000 cases produced." (WA)

"Bellefont-Belcier is superb in 2016. An exotic mélange of graphite, gravel, smoke, cured meats and inky dark fruit hits the palate as this virile, potent Saint-Émilion shows off its personality. The 2016 has been impressive on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. Vibrant, lifted and exuberant, it possesses striking aromatic brilliance to play off the rich, dark flavors. Beams of supporting tannin and acidity give further drive. This is an impressive showing. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted three times." (VM)

"Wow. This really excelled in 2016 with so much intensity and focus. Dark berry and floral character. Full and tight. Superfine tannins. Excellent." (JS)

"91–93. Barrel Sample. This is a fruity, juicy wine, with soft tannins as well as a touch of toast. It has an immediacy to it, thanks to the forward fruit and generous tannins. At the same time, there is a core of dry structure that will allow it to age." (WE)

"The last vintage for the previous owners is just super. The wine is soft, sexy, polished, ripe and vibrant, with a strong floral note, that adds to all the ripe, dark red berries, licorice and earthy notes. 1731 Views Tasted May 21, 2018" (JL)