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Chateau Belle-Vue History, Overview
The modern era for Chateau Belle-Vue starts when the estate was purchased by Vincent Mulliez in 2004. Vincent Mulliez, who earned his fortune while working at JP Morgan investments in London, made considerable improvements to the estate and its wines before his untimely death at the age of 44 in 2010.
Making his early death even worse was the fact that his efforts began paying off by that point in time as Chateau Belle-Vue has been producing better and better wines in vintage after vintage.
Today, Chateau Belle-Vue is still the property of the Mulliez family who are more renown for owning the massive Auchan supermarket chain in France.
Chateau Belle-Vue, which is not to be confused with the Chateau Bellevue in St. Emilion, is located in the Haut Medoc appellation of Bordeaux is situated just slightly south of a one of the original drainage ditches (built by the Dutch) separating Chateau Belle-Vue from Chateau Giscours in Margaux.
Chateau Belle-Vue is a young estate. The first vintage was 1996, when the owner at the time, Remy Fouin took his plots from his other estate, Chateau de Gironville and sought to make a wine worthy of the Margaux appellation.
Starting with the 2016 vintage, Chateau Belle-Vue began producing a small amount of wine made from 100%, old vine Petit Verdot. In fact, their Petit Verdot vines are some of the oldest in Bordeaux, dating back as far as 1936. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used, French oak barrels and Amphora. The wine is sold as a generic AOC Bordeaux.
Chateau Belle-Vue Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 15 hectare vineyard of Chateau Belle-Vue is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot. The Carmenere has been removed from the vineyard. The vines are planted to a vine density of 6,700 vines per hectare and are on average, 30 years of age. Located in the southern part of the appellation, the vineyards are well placed in the commune of Macau. The terroir is mostly gravel soils.
A lot of work goes into producing this Left Bank wine. At Belle-Vue the work starts in the vineyard where they practice debudding, deleafing, crop-thinning and hand harvesting.
The fruit is table-sorted and, after a 20-day cold soak at 5 degrees Celsius, the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats with a long, 45-day maceration with frequent, gravity-driven, delestages. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels.
During the first three months in barrel, the wine is regularly stirred on its post-malo lees. The wine of Chateau Belle-Vue is aged in 40% new French oak barrels for about 14 months, depending on the power and character of the vintage. On average, the production of Chateau Belle-Vue is close to 6,000 cases Bordeaux wine per vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Belle-Vue are: 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2010 and 2009 and 2005.
Today, the owner of Chateau Belle-Vue also controls two other Bordeaux estates that have earned a strong reputation for producing good quality Bordeaux wine that offer quality, character and even better, they sell at a fair price; Chateau Bolarie located in the Bordeaux Superieur appellation and Chateau de Gironville.
When to Drink Chateau Belle-Vue, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Belle-Vue needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Belle-Vue is usually better with at least 3-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Belle-Vue offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-14 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Belle-Vue, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Belle-Vue is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Belle-Vue is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Belle-Vue is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) Wine Tasting Notes
18 Vintages 59,026 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2019||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
One of the few Bordeaux produced using 5 allowable grape varieties, the wine is medium-bodied, floral and fresh, with a fruity character, soft tannins and a tangy, sweet and tart, red fruit with a citrus-overtone finish. 89-91 Pts
1,302 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2019||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) Petit Verdot (Bordeaux)|
Jammy, juicy, spicy and fresh, as well as full-bodied and concentrated, you experience a strong, powerful tart-mouth presence from start to finish here. Some tasters are going to like this more than others. This is a rarity in Bordeaux as it is one of the few wines made from 100% Petit Verdot. 86-88 Pts
1,036 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
Floral, polished, sweet and spicy, the wine is elegant, juicy, medium-bodied and lusty on the palate. One of the few Bordeaux produced using all 5 allowable grape varieties, the wine was made blending 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere. 90-92 Pts
1,207 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) Petit Verdot (Bordeaux)|
Don't plan a trip to the dentist after tasting this wine. It's inky, it's going to stain your teeth. Massive, powerful, rich, fleshy, dark and spicy, it reminds me of a Napa wine. Some tasters are going to like this more than others. This is a rarity in Bordeaux as it is one of the few wines made from 100% Petit Verdot. 87-89 Pts
1,782 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) Petit Verdot (Bordeaux)|
Dark in color, the wine is fresh, spicy and crisp with a lean to dark fruits. This is a rarity in Bordeaux as it is one of the few wines made from 100% Petit Verdot.
1,864 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
Juicy, fresh, spicy black raspberries with a crunchy, bright character, soft tannins and a forward approach are found here. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.5% alcohol.
2,040 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
Quite spicy, fresh, floral and full-bodied, with a ripe, round blast of fruit and spice, good concentration and lush textures.
1,981 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Soft tannins, juicy, spicy, fruits with a bite of crisp, crunchy berries and licorice in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot and reached 13.5% alcohol.
4,698 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) Petit Verdot (Bordeaux)|
Opaque, deep in color, with purple accents, this is quite a rarity in Bordeaux, being made from 100% Petit Verdot. The wine is massive, dense, mouth filling, long, spicy and crisp.
2,525 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
With a deep, rich, color along with boysenberry, cocoa, soft tannins and a spicy, floral ripe nose, you also enjoy round, smoky, black cherries in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.5% alcohol. 90 - 92 Pts
4,368 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
|2014||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
Soft tannins and a spicy, floral and ripe nose are coupled with fresh, smoky black cherries in the finish. This should be quite tasty on release. The wine was made from a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 22% Petit Verdot and reached 13.5% alcohol. 89-91 Pts
3,622 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2015
|2013||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
The wine is floral and spicy, serving up dark raspberries and a medium-bodied, bold style. From a blend of is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, and 24% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% alcohol. 86-88 Pts
2,802 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2014
|2012||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
With oak, licorice and dark berries, this wine is spicy, fresh and lively, offering good character. 88-90 Pts
2,546 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2013
|2011||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
From an assemblage of 46 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and one of the larger percentages of Petit Verdot at 23%, the wine reached 13% alcohol and will be aged in 40% new oak. Cassis and licorice, medium bodied and a soft, red berry finish. 87-89 Pts
2,920 Views Tasted Apr 8, 2012
|2010||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
Chateau Belle-Vue From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot, oak, vanilla, forest floor, floral and cassis aromas open to a medium bodied, soft textured wine offering ample fresh cassis and dark cherry. 88-90 Pts
6,941 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a large percentage Petit Verdot that clocks in at 20%, the wine is packed with sweet, jammy black cherries, coffee, licorice, blackberry and earth, Soft, round and forward, this is already fun to drink. It should be available for about $20. This is an outstanding Bordeaux value wine.
5,110 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2012
|2008||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium bodied, with red and black plums, spice, olive and floral scents, this is already drinking well. This Haut Medoc wine was produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 20% Petit Verdot representing the highest percentage of Petit Verdot planted in Bordeaux! Later vintages show a marked increase in style, quality and depth.
5,289 Views Tasted Oct 31, 2011
|2006||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
Deeply colored, this Haut Medoc has developed nicely. From a unique blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot, the wine offers licorice, olives, blackberries, floral and earthy scents. Round and lush, this elegant wine remains one of the better priced, Bordeaux wine values. This won't make old bones. Who cares? It drinks well now and it runs a little over $20.
2,764 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2011
|2005||Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) (Haut-Médoc)|
Fully mature, and slightly on the rustic side, there is still plenty of spicy, dark red fruits and licorice on the nose and palate to enjoy. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot and 3% Carmenere.
4,229 Views Tasted Oct 6, 2017