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Chateau Belle Coline History, Overview
Etienne Barre and Christophe Reboul Salze, purchased Chateau Belle Coline in 2011 through their holding company, Reboul Salze. Before purchasing Chateau Belle Coline, the owners, Etienne Barre and Christophe Reboul Salze were already quite experienced as wine makers in Bordeaux.
They already owned Chateau Les Grands Marechaux, also located in the Cotes de Blaye appellation as well as Chateau Chateau Gigault, which makes the popular Cuvee Viva. Plus Christophe Reboul has been active for more than 30 years as a negociant through his company, The Wine Merchant.
Chateau Belle Coline Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 12 hectare Chateau Belle Coline vineyard is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Malbec. The terroir is clay, limestone and sandy soils.
The vines are old. On average, they are close to 45 years of age. However, Chateau Belle Coline has old vines that are more than 60 years of age, which are some of the oldest vines in the appellation.
To produce the wine of Chateau Belle Coline, the grapes are whole berry fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks with a 30-day maceration.
Malolactic fermentation is performed in a combination of tank and French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 33% new, French oak barrels for a about 12 months before bottling.
The wine making and vineyard management of Chateau Belle Coline is handled by the team of Stephane Derenoncourt who is well known for working with numerous estates in the Right Bank of Bordeaux. On average, the production of Chateau Belle Coline is close to 3,500 cases of wine per year.
The best vintages of Chateau Belle Coline are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Chateau Belle Coline, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Belle Coline is better with at least 1-2 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Belle Coline offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-6 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Belle Coline with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Belle Coline is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Belle Coline is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Belle Coline is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Belle Coline Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 22,708 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2022||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
The wine is medium-bodied, fresh, soft, spicy, fruity and forward. You can enjoy its plums, and espresso on release, and for a few years after that. Drink 2025-3030. 89-91 Pts.
514 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
|2021||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
Flowers, herbs, chocolate, espresso, and plums are on the palate here. The wine is forward, fleshy and with an espresso-tinted cherry finish. Drink 2023-2029. 86-88
1,053 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
|2020||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
Soft, polished, medium-bodied, ripe and creamy, the sweet, fresh red fruits are silky and vibrant, with some nice staying power. Drink from 2023-2035.
377 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2023
Medium-bodied, soft, ripe, fresh, charming and already fun to taste with all its ripe, sweet, juicy red fruits. Espresso, wet earth, smoke and dark red fruits on the nose work well here. Round, soft, and deceptively tasty already, enjoy this on release and over the next decade. 90-92 Pts
1,019 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
Medium-bodied, fresh, forward, red berry and dried flower-filled wine with a core of vibrant, soft, red fruits with a peppery edge for current consumption. Drink from 2022-2034.
1,550 Views Tasted Nov 25, 2022
Espresso, wet earth, smoke and dark red fruits on the nose work well here. Round, soft, and deceptively tasty already, enjoy this on release and over the next decade. 89-91 Pts
2,358 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
The fruit is ripe, clean and spicy with floral overtones, licorice and espresso notes. Soft textured, medium bodied, forward and ready to go, you can enjoy this on release. This is a solid Bordeaux value wine.
661 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium bodied, forward, fresh, bright and clean, with a core of sweet cherries, licorice and espresso, you can enjoy this young. This is a solid Bordeaux value wine. 89-91 Pts
3,277 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
Forward, medium bodied, soft and round in texture, the fruit is sweet with a bright, delicate, ripe, red berry character -- perfect for early drinking consumption.
1,166 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
Soft, polished and with a nice pop to the fruit, there is a sweetness in the red berries that stands out, pairing nicely with the earthy red fruits in the juicy finish.
1,803 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Earthy in character, with stony, red fruits, ripe, soft tannins, freshness and charm, this is a great example of a Bordeaux Value Wine.
1,293 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
Forward, sweet and fruity; with a soft, ripe red berry character, medium body and a bright cherry finish.
1,555 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
Forward, medium bodied, with a clean, short, bright, fresh, red berry, spice and stony finish. 85-87 Pts
2,096 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2012||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
Early drinking quaffer, with a forward, medium bodied, earthy, black cherry personality.
1,805 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
|2011||Château Belle Coline (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)|
From an assemblage of 90% Merlot and 10% Malbec, deep ruby in color, the wine offers sweet, ripe black cherries. 85-87 Pts
2,181 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2012