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Château Bellefont-Belcier

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2018 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

Flowers, crushed rocks, ripe, fresh stony fruits, silky textures and elegance. There is volume, refinement, length and character found here from start to finish. The wine was made from blending 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14.3% alcohol. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak casks with 10% of the harvest being aged in amphora. 95-97 Pts

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2017 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

The first vintage for new owner Peter Kwok is deep in color. The medium/full bodied, fresh, bright, black cherry, licorice and chocolate filled wine offers soft textures, freshness and minerality in the finish. The wine was made from blending 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2016 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Flowers, smoke, licorice, espresso, blackberry and plum are at the core of this wine. And so is the soft, silky tannins, freshness and juiciness in all the fruit. It is going to take time to allow the oak to integrate. So, be prepared to wait 8-10 years before pulling a cork. But the quality is there, so it is going to be worth the wait. The wine was made from a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The last vintage for the previous owners is just super. The wine is soft, sexy, polished, ripe and vibrant, with a strong floral note, that adds to all the ripe, dark red berries, licorice and earthy notes.

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Almost opaque in color, the wine is smoky, floral and fruity. There is a profundity of flavor, purity of fruit, freshness and complexity. From a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the alcohol reached 15% with no sensation of heat. The harvest took place between October 11 and October 22. This wine is a big step up for the estate and is clearly the best wine they have ever produced.

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2015 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

The blend of flowers and truffle on the nose gets you going. The fruit is ripe, sweet, round and soft. There is freshness, elegance and loads of ripe juicy, fresh fruits from start to finish. This is a good wine, giving the equally strong 2016 a run for the money However, things should get even better here, as the winery was recently sold to Peter Kwok, who already owns numerous, Right Bank vineyards. Stay tuned!

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The floral notes are strong here. They remain with you alongside the sweet ripe, cherries, licorice and cocoa. The wine is silky, medium/full bodied, and finishes with sweet, ripe, fresh, juicy plums and licorice. This is a very good wine, and gives the equally strong 2016 a run for the money However, things should get even better here, as the winery was recently sold to Peter Kwok, who already owns numerous, Right Bank vineyards. Stay tuned!

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With an attention seeking nose of flowers, cherries, licorice and cocoa, the medium/full bodied, silky, soft textured wine leaves you with sweet, ripe, fresh, juicy plums and licorice. This is a very good wine, perhaps the best produced here yet. However, things should get even better here, as the winery was recently sold to Peter Kwok, who already owns, numerous, Right Bank vineyards.

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Not quite at the level of the 2016, this is still a beauty. There is just the right blend of smoky, ripe, polished, earthy fruits, thyme, silky tannins and earth to get you excited.

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With a distinctive floral nose, coupled with truffle, thyme and dark red fruits, this wine is fresh and lush with round, polished tannins in the rich finish. This is a major step up for Bellefont Belcier. From a blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, the alcohol reached 15%, with no sensation of heat. The harvest took place between October 1 and October 14.

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2014 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Licorice, smoke and round, polished black cherries with a soft, forward, sweet cherry finish. 89-91 Pts

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2013 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Medium bodied, soft and fresh, this wine shows sweet cherries and espresso, more volume, flesh and complexity than the 2012. From a blend of 77% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and is aging in 80% new, French oak. 88-90 Pts

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2012 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

From a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is medium bodied, silky, soft and fresh with loads of ripe plums, juicy, sweet cherries and licorice. Forward in style, this will show well young.

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Medium-bodied with licorice, black cherry liqueur and licorice finish. 89-91 Pts

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2011 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Surprisingly good for the vintage, this blend of 72% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon offered sweet black cherries, plums, licorice and dark chocolate. Soft, polished and forward, the end notes deliver cocoa dusted plum sensations.

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2010 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

In the nose, copious notes of licorice, jammy black fruits, plum, cocoa and espresso. Rich, silky, fresh, plummy and lushly textured, this should be better and develop more complexity over the next few years. From yields of only 14 hectoliters per hectare, the wine was produced from a blend of 73% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 15.5% alcohol.

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2009 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

This charming, seductive, forward wine opens with licorice, juicy plums, black cherry, jam, coffee and crushed stone. Rich, plush, round and open, this can be enjoyed young or aged for up to a decade.

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2008 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Just about there. Licorice, juicy plums, cherries, smoke, espresso bean and earthy aromas meld perfectly with the medium/full bodied, fresh, round, sweet, red berry fruits in the finish.

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2006 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Firm tannins, crisp, bright, red fruits and complex nose of earth, cherries and tobacco accompany the medium bodied, palate presence. This is drinking at peak today.

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2005 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Licorice, black raspberry liqueur, minerality, coffee and floral scents pair well with the soft, round, voluptuous textures. The wine finishes with chocolate, licorice and black cherry. Give this this rich, concentrated, St. Emilion wine another 3-5 more years. For a stylish Bordeaux wine of this quality from a great vintage, this is still fairly priced.

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2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fully mature, elegant, soft, polished, medium bodied, refined expression of St. Emilion that is complicated with the addition of truffle, tobacco, plum, cherry and fresh thyme. Popped and poured, this is in the right place today.

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1998 Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Fully mature, medium bodied, earthy, red berry dominated charmer with a touch of herbs, tobacco and wet earth that rides along with the soft, cherry fruits.

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