Chateau Belgrave 2014
92 pts James Suckling
After a promising start to the year, a dull, gloomy summer meant ripening got off to a slow start. Any worries were lifted towards the end of August with the arrival of exceptional, lasting weather conditions.
While the quality of the vintage owes a great deal to the excellent late-season, a vintage of this quality would not be possible without considerable work in the vineyards earlier in the season to ensure pristine quality in the vines and stunning fruit. The grapes ripened steadily throughout September and October against the backdrop of a superb Indian summer. Harvesting stretched calmly over three weeks, allowing the grapes to reach optimum ripeness.
Gentle vinifications enabled the grapes to express their full potential, while controlled extractions ensured the perfect harmony of body, fruit and structure in the different parcels, and highly expressive Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Dark and concentrated in appearance. The complex bouquet is bursting with harmonious notes of cedar, liquorice and mint, and develops notes of dark fruits, of cherry and blackcurrant. Creamy and velvety on the attack, the wine is enshrouded in a concentrated, smooth tannic structure. The intensity of the subtle vanilla-edged fruit accompanies the lengthy finish of this Chateau Belgrave with its typically Saint-Julien-esque elegance.