Chateau Belgrave 2014
Dark and concentrated in appearance. The complex bouquet is bursting with harmonious notes of cedar, liquorice and mint, and develops notes of dark fruits, of cherry and blackcurrant. Creamy and velvety on the attack, the wine is enshrouded in a concentrated, smooth tannic structure. The intensity of the subtle vanilla-edged fruit accompanies the lengthy finish of this Ch teau Belgrave with its typically Saint-Julien-esque elegance. From the flagship M doc estate of Bordeaux negociant Dourthe, this wine is impressive, ripe and ready to age well. The wood aging still shows slightly but that is already compensated for by the ripe black-currant fruits from the 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and the generous texture. Drink this wine from 2023. Black fruit but also some chocolate and spices on the nose. This is quite a rich and fleshy wine that’s built on a bigger scale than most of the wines of this appellation. The finish is simultaneously rich and dry.