Chateau Bellevue Claribes 2016 ~ Bordeaux, France
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson
96/100 Robert Parker (2015 vintage)
Gold - Concours Des Grand Vins De France
Gold - Concours General Agricole Paris (2015 vintage)
Argent - Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine (2013 vintage)
1 Star - Le Guide Hachette des Vins (2012 vintage)
Argent - Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine (2012 vintage)
1 Star - Le Guide Hachette des Vins (2010 vintage)
Stephanie Burkhart "Bursting with cherries, plum and red raspberries, red rose and Bordeaux dust on the nose. The palate reiterates the nose with flavors of cherries and berries balanced by medium tannins. The mouthfeel is lush in this elegant-yet-powerful wine it's a balance of poise, beauty and strength for an out-of-this-world price, pairs well with sausages and barbecued meats, as well as hard cheeses."
Jesse Warner-Levine "Primarily red fruit with a subtle oak component, this wine is a classic Bordeaux style blend. Well structured and balanced."
Jason Main Master Sommelier "from the BEST vintage in decades! Robert Parker rated this vintage a whopping 96 points... It way over-delivers for the money and could even lay down for a few years to coax out some more complexity. Château Bellevue Claribes shows a luscious, deep crimson color. On the nose, red and black fruits mingle with a dash of spice. This balanced wine offers remarkably pleasant, silky tannins that endow it with a charming, lengthy finish. A total classic." (2015 vintage)
Gilbert & Gaillard "A crowd-pleasing style." (2013 vintage)
70% Merlot, 20% Cab. Sauvignon, 10% Cab. Franc
Chateau Bellevue Claribes has been in the Sellier de Brugiere family since 1720.
The estate, located in Sainte Foy, halfway between Saint Emilion and Monbazillac, has a rich history. On the estate are limestone caves, still used today where Gallo-Romans stored wines made from vines planted in 235 B.C and located nearby an Abbey that monks in the Middle Ages made wine.
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. Its three trump cards are diversity, quality and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 per cent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation. The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines, both dry styles (particularly from Pessac-Léognan) and the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
A Bordeaux Blend is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as a compulsory component of any Bordeaux Blend along with Merlot. In fact, the majority of Bordeaux Blend wines are often made exclusively from a blend of these two varieties. The remaining components are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.