Bellefont Belcier 2018

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill

Peter Kwok from Hong Kong recently purchased 13.5 hectare Bellefont-Belcier to add to his rapidly growing portfolio of right bank properties - including Enclos Tourmaline and La Tour Saint Christophe. The property is situated between Château Larcis Ducasse and Tertre Roteboeuf on the south-facing slopes and plateau of Saint Emilion. The wine-maker here is now Jean-Christophe Meyrou (formerly of Le Gay and La Violette) with Thomas Duclot (of Canon) his consultant. Although they bought the property in 2017, Jean-Christophe feels that 2018 is his first proper vintage. The blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from a yield of 37 hl/ha. Elevage in 30% new oak, 10% foudre, 60% in barrels of 1 or 2 years.


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Creamy and rich on the nose, with a primary sweetness of jammy fruit and baked vanilla. The palate adds more freshness through acidity, which balances the sweeter red fruit notes with juicy blueberries and crunchy black cherry. The finish adds herbal, spicy notes that frame the ripe core and add to the intrigue and balance.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Bellefont Belcier delivers profound notions of warm plums, baked cherries and mulberries with hints of spice cake and underbrush. Full-bodied, rich and decadent, it has a rock-solid backbone of rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. Aging is in progress for an anticipated 20 months in 40% new, 40% one year-old and 20% two year-old barrels. The blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Score: 91/93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

Intense aromas and flavors of blue fruit and violets. Hints of green tea and black olives. Changes all the time. Medium-to full-bodied with polished and very silky tannins. Love the center palate. The finish lasts for minutes. This year, about one-third cabernet franc gives an edge to the merlot and the touch of cabernet sauvignon.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (241), April 2019

The 2018 Bellefont-Belcier is dark, powerful and quite brooding, but also noticeably less extracted than in the past. Succulent dark cherry, plum, violet, lavender, graphite and spice all infuse this savory, virile Saint-Émilion. All of the signatures are in place, but delivered with more nuance than was once the case. Consulting winemaker Thomas Duclos has ushered in quite a change at the property in his first vintage here. Tasted three times

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019

Barrel sample. Darkest cherry red. Ripe dark-red fruit and damsons on the nose. Firm tannins but juicy at the core. OK but not a standout. 14.3%
Drink 2023-2029

Score: 16Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019

Tasted on multiple occasions, the 2018 Château Bellefont-Belcier always showed brilliantly, with a full-bodied, sexy style that’s very much in the vintage. Coming from a 12.5-hectare vineyard just beside Larcis Ducasse (this is an incredible terroir) and a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, aging in 40% new French oak, its deep purple color is followed by a classic bouquet of ripe black fruits, tobacco leaf, earth, and spice box. Deep, rich, and textured, with sweet tannins, it’s another rock star effort this vintage that’s going to benefit from just short-term cellaring and keep for two decades or more.

Score: 95/97Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

(70 Merlot, 25 Cabernet Franc, 5 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 30% new oak | 14.3% alc | 37 hl/ha | Production is 55000 bottles | Harvested between the 20th September and 10th October A suave and controlled Bellefont-Belcier with much of the flavour sitting right at the back of the palate and this is fascinating because it builds slowly to a crescendo of flavour. The palate is sleek and not as dense as many wines on account of the elegance and freshness of the Cabernet Franc which also adds perfume and class. A slow wine to evolve, this will be a classic, but one must wait for more than a decade for this wine to blossom.

Score: 18+Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019

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