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Chateau Bel-Air
2010 - Chateau Bel-Air
750 ml.

$19.99
Maximum quantity available reached.
Product Description
RP 87
WS 91
JS 95
WE 90

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Subregion: Saint Emilion

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc

Vintage: 2010

Size: 750 ml.

Chateau Ausone is named after the Roman poet Ausonius who owned over 100 acres of vineyard around Saint Emilion. It is perched on the hillside in the southern outskirts of the village of Saint Emilion. Ausone has only 7.3 hectares of vines and its vineyards (Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 50%) flourish on a steep, south-east facing slope, protecting them from cold north winds and westerly rain. Those vines at the top of the slope thrive on limestone (the `St.Emilion plateau') whilst those further down benefit from a clay/loam topsoil (the 'Côtes'). Ausone struggled during the 1950s and 1960s, but with the hiring of new régisseur Pascal Delbeck in 1976, the estate returned to producing wines worthy of its outstanding historic reputation. Recently Ausone has been at the very peak of its form and with the ubiquitous Michel Rolland now acting as consultant, it is now producing ultra-rich, lush, exotically fruity wines that require a minimum 10 years of bottle ageing.

SKU: F0422
Reviews
Robert Parker - 87 See more...
Another excellent yet inexpensive Bordeaux from the Despagne family, the 2010Bel-Air exhibits lots of soft strawberry and black cherry fruit, as well as an almost Cote du Rhone-like kirsch and lavender note. It is spicy, pure, easygoing, medium-bodied and best consumed over the next 2-3 years.
Wine Spectator - 91 See more...
Features dark, roasted alder and mesquite notes mixed together, followed by juicy layers of linzer torte, blackberry pâte de fruit and plum sauce. The long, anise-framed finish displays a serious graphite spine for length and definition. Best from 2014 through 2020. 12,000 cases made.
James Suckling - 95 See more...
Aromas of berries, chili and a hint of toasted oak. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Juicy and beautiful. Really builds on the palate. One of the best wines ever from here. Super quality. Try in 2018.
Wine Enthusiast - 90 See more...
Still dominated by its new wood aromas, this is a fine, structured wine that is only just setting out. It has fine weight, rich blackberry fruits and dark tannins. The spicy wood still needs to integrate, so drink from 2017.

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