It's not everyday you get to taste 14-year-old wine. Most of the bottles we champion are bright & fresh - characteristics of youth. Tomorrow, however, we're opening a bottle of 2004 Château de Bellevue that shows the elegant signs of aging. Mellow fruit, herbaceous undertones.
Château de Bellevue is situated on clay & limestone soils in Lussac, a satellite site of Saint-Emilion on the right bank of Bordeaux. Vines are over 40 years old, only native yeasts are used to start fermentation, and wines are aged two years in subterranean cellars before bottling.
Mineral to the core, the 2004 is firm and full bodied with muddy purple fruit and grippy tannin. At $22, it's going for a ridiculously low price right now. Get some while supplies last.
Saturday, August 4
3-5pm @ WWM
Domaine Maestracci E Prove
Calvi, Corsica, France
Château de Bellevue
Lussac Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc