Château Bellevue 2022

Special Price $51.90 Average US Price $52.00
Pre-Arrival   Usually arrives from France in 1-6 months
SKU
0356-2022
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• Domaine: Château Bellevue
• Appellation: Saint-Emilion
• Classification: Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France


Château Bellevue is a distinguished winery located in the Saint-Émilion appellation of Bordeaux, France. Situated in close proximity to Château Angélus, it is known for producing exceptional wines.

Château Bellevue covers approximately 2.5 hectares of vineyards and has a history dating back several generations. The estate is currently owned by the Pradel de Lavaux family, who are dedicated to crafting high-quality wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region.

The vineyards of Château Bellevue are planted with traditional grape varieties, predominantly Merlot, along with smaller portions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. These grape varieties thrive in the limestone and clay soils of the area and contribute to the complexity and character of the wines.

The wines of Château Bellevue are highly regarded for their elegance, finesse, and aging potential. They often exhibit rich fruit flavors, refined tannins, and a harmonious balance. Château Bellevue's limited production and commitment to quality contribute to their desirability among wine enthusiasts.

While visiting Château Bellevue, guests can explore the vineyards, cellar, and tasting room, gaining insight into the winemaking process and enjoying the opportunity to sample their exceptional wines. It is advisable to contact the winery in advance to arrange a visit.

Tasting Notes

"The 2022 Château Bellevue is up there with the finest wines to date from this Château. All Merlot from clay and limestone soils, it has beautiful cherry, candied violet, and chalky minerality in its medium to full-bodied, concentrated, balanced profile. I like its tannins, it has plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish." Jeb Dunnuck (5/2023), Ratings: 92-94

 

"Attractive purple fruit here with lavender, nut shell and stones. Medium- to full-bodied. Firm and broad tannin structure with a lingering chalky finish. Lots of juicy fruit." - James Suckling (5/2023), Ratings: 94-95

"Silky, vibrant, elegant, fresh, supple, and refined, the wine is layered with ripe, sweet, vibrant, red and black pit fruits. The concentrated finish, with its velvety-textures and layers of fruits hits all the right notes." - Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider (5/2023), Ratings: 94-96, Drink: 2026-2045

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Stock Status Pre-Arrival
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Vintage 2022
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Saint-Émilion is one of the most prestigious wine appellations in the Bordeaux region of France, renowned for its exceptional red wines and rich viticultural history. Located on the Right Bank of the Dordogne River, Saint-Émilion is a place of great beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its remarkable blend of natural and cultural attributes. The Saint-Émilion appellation is characterized by a diverse terroir featuring a mix of limestone, clay, and sandy soils that provide the foundation for its distinctive wines. The unique microclimates and elevations within the appellation contribute to the variety of flavors and styles found in Saint-Émilion wines.

The primary grape varieties used in Saint-Émilion wines are Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot often dominating the blends. These grapes thrive in the region's favorable climate, moderated by the proximity of the Dordogne River and the buffering effects of the limestone plateau.

Saint-Émilion is famous for its unique wine classification system, which divides the vineyards into four tiers: Premier Grand Cru Classé A, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Grand Cru Classé, and Grand Cru. This classification reflects the quality and prestige of the individual vineyards and châteaux within the appellation, with only a select few achieving the highest ranking of Premier Grand Cru Classé A. Until the re-classification in 2022, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Ausone, Château Angelus, and Château Pavie were the only four members of the Premier Grand Cru Classé A tier. Out of disagreement with the standard-setting governing body, Cheval Blanc and Ausone voluntarily dropped out. Angelus followed suit shortly after. With Pavie remaining the only member, Premier Grand Cru Classé A saw the addition of Château Figeac following a long-expected and well-deserved promotion.

Saint-Émilion wines are known for their finesse, complex aromas, and beautiful balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. While they share some similarities with wines from the neighboring Pomerol appellation, they often have a slightly more structured and tannic character due to the higher proportion of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends. With age, these wines develop a velvety texture and reveal an array of flavors, including dark fruits, floral notes, and hints of earthiness.

Footnotes on Futures, Pre-Arrivals, and potential US Tariffs: 

1. As of June 15, 2021, the US and the EU agreed to suspend tariffs resulting from the Boeing-Airbus aircraft trade disputes. Accordingly, such import taxes are now suspended for the next five years.

2. Futures are expected to be available for delivery two years after the sales (e.g., the 2022 vintage, sold in 2023, will be delivered in 2025 mostly, or 2026 if the producer ages the wine longer).

3. Pre-Arrivals are items currently stored in our Bordeaux cellar or in transit from France to the US. It usually takes 1-6 months for Pre-Arrivals to become available for delivery, depending on the stage of the import process.

4. Regarding futures and pre-arrivals, we cannot guarantee specific delivery dates, which factors beyond our control may impact. However, we will notify you once your wine arrives in our cellar.

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