Chateau Bel Air Haut Medoc 2014 - Buster's Liquors & Wines

Chateau Bel Air Haut Medoc 2014

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Chateau Bel Air Haut Medoc 2014

SKU 40896


Château Bel Air is in Cussac, on the outskirts of Saint-Julien Beychevelle and on the banks of the Gironde. This Haut-Médoc cru bourgeois was acquired by the Martin family in 1980 and, although it is in a less renowned appellation, the vineyard has the same attentions and care lavished upon it as the family's estates in Saint-Julien. The 34 hectares of vineyards have an average vine age of 30 years. The soil is made up of fine gravelly ridges and most of the subsoil is blue clay. The grapes are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. All of the grapes are hand harvested and vinified traditionally, in temperature-regulated stainless steel vats, with a long final maceration process. The wine is aged 12 months in barrique, 25% new.
Category Red Wine
Region France
Brand Chateau Bel Air
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Wine SpectatorFresh, with a lovely beam of cassis and cherry coulis notes streaming through, carried by fine, chalky structure and backed by a whiff of smoldering tobacco. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2019. 4,000 cases made.

James Molesworth, 2017
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Wine AdvocateThe Château Bel Air 2014 has a lot of new oak on the nose that obstructs the sense of terroir or fruit. The palate is quite nicely balanced with grainy tannins and a touch of coconut infusing the black fruit, but it feels rather dry on the finish,

Neal Martin, April 29, 2015

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