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2018 Bellefont-Belcier, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1410181 95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 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.  (5/2019)

95-96 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/2019)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (LPB)  (4/2019)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2018 Bellefont-Belcier has a surprisingly understated bouquet with perfumed red cherries, crushed strawberry and violet aromas, touches of graphite emerging with time. The palate is very velvety in the mouth: veins of dark chocolate infusing the dark berry fruit with a lush and generous, oaky finish. It will require several years in bottle but it should turn into a fine Saint-Émilion. (NM)  (11/2019)

K&L Notes

90-93 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "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." (4/2019)

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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
Now owned and managed (superbly) by the Kwok team (Tour Saint Christophe, Haut Brisson), it is a new generation for Bellefont Belcier and the wines are very compelling at this early stage. The 2018 shows the brighter side of the vintage with a strong Cab Franc signature, floral aromas, and a soft, balanced profile. While many 2018s can come of as dense at this stage, there is a freshness to Bellefont Belcier that shows the kind of refinement that this terroir can exude. Well done.

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