Chateau Bellefont-Belcier 2009
At the end of 1993, two enthusiastic accomplices, Jacques Berrebi and Alain Laguillaumie, fall in love of this propertie wonderfully situated on the southern side of SaintEmilion, between Larcis Ducasse et Tertre Roteboeuf.
This domain has been built at the end of the seventeenth century by Louis-Francois de Belcier. Following various sales and successions the chateau fell, et the end of the nineteenth century, into the hands of the Faure family. During this period the property became well-known in the Bordeaux area, receiving numerous awards (including the only gold medal awarded for a Bordeaux wine in Paris in 1892) At this time the vineyard and cellars were restructured by one of Pierre Faure's sons, an agricultural engineer, who conceived the famous circular vatroom; fortunately preserved intact to this day, and which is now one of the jewels of the estate.
A massive restructuring of the vineyard began on the arrival of the new team in 1994. The owners, Jacques Berrebi and Alain Laguillaumie has been joined recently by Dominique Hebrard and together succeed their challenge of bringing the property of the Grands Crus Class's of Saint-Emilion in the last 2006 Saint-Emilion wines' Classement
There are floral notes to the black fruit richness of black cherry, bramble and blueberry. This is rich, mouth-filling and satin-textured throughout. Minerals and really sophisticated tannins underpin the rather beautiful black fruit.
From Critical acclaim:
- Wine Spectator:This is distinctive, with lots of showy pain depices and blackberry reduction offset by roasted apple wood notes and a strong graphite spine. Shows plenty of flesh through the finish, featuring extra linzer torte and boysenberry notes that course along, with nice buried grip. Best from 2014 through 2025.
- James Suckling: Beautiful aromas of espresso, dried fruits and hints of prunes. Full-bodied, with velvety chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Try in 2016.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:This is one of the finest wines I have tasted from this highly regarded terroir that has rarely been exploited to its maximum potential. Loads of chalk dust intertwined with sweet kirsch, black currants, licorice and camphor jump from the glass of this full-bodied wine, which has terrific fruit intensity, lots of glycerin, a lavish richness and a long, heady finish with light to moderate tannin. Give it 1-2 more years of bottle and drink it over the following 15.