Bordeaux

2017 Bellefont Belcier

$666.00
6 x 750ml
Dark fruit with chocolate and a hint of coffee on the nose. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. The toasted oak is a little predominant now, but this is going to come together beautifully. Excellent length, A blend of 70% merlot, 25% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon. Try after 2022. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
94 POINTS
James Suckling

Dark fruit with chocolate and a hint of coffee on the nose. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. The toasted oak is a little predominant now, but this is going to come together beautifully. Excellent length, A blend of 70% merlot, 25% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon. Try after 2022.

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93 POINTS
Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

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.

Expert Review
93 POINTS
Jeb Dunnuck

Coming from a 13.5-hectare vineyard sitting on the plateau and south-facing hillside of the Cote Pavie (right beside Larcis-Ducasse), the 2017 Bellefont-Belcier is a screaming success in the vintage. Loaded with beautiful dark fruits, violets, and salty, rocky minerality, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, sensational purity of fruit, and perfect balance. The tentative blend is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it hit a solid 14.6% natural alcohol. It’s certainly worth your time and money. Tasted three times.

Expert Review
93 POINTS
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

Juicy and fresh, with lively plum, blackberry and black cherry compote flavors taking the lead, while anise, apple wood and bramble accents fill in through the finish. Shows good energy throughout. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2035. 2,917 cases made. — JM

Expert Review
91 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2017 Bellefont-Belcier, which was purchased by Peter Kwok last year (see Haut-Brisson, Tour St. Christophe, La Patache etc), was fermented without SO2. It has an extremely rich, decadent bouquet that seems to be trying too hard to make an impression instead of reflecting its propitious terroir. The palate is almost viscous on the entry, extremely concentrated and opulent. One bottle tasted just too ostentatious although another indicated that there is some composure, linearity and tension that prompted a more optimistic view and a higher banded score.

Expert Review
91 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Bellefont Belcier wears its cedary oak at the forefront at this stage, giving way to scents of baked blackberries, black cherries and mulberries plus wafts of Christmas cake and tobacco. Medium-bodied, the palate is firmly textured with grainy tannins and has a great core of muscular fruit, finishing with a lovely herbal lift. A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine was aged for 20 months in French oak, 40% new. Drinking Window : 2021 - 2033

Expert Review
91 POINTS
Jacques Perrin - Vinifera

Joli nez, fin, d’une bonne intensité fruitée. Il développe une silhouette élancée au palais, avec un tanin d’un grain savoureux. Très joli vin.

Expert Review
91 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

The 2017 Bellefont-Belcier is powerful, but also a bit rough around the edges. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, leather and savory herbs start to open with a bit of time in the glass, but the 2017 never really fully comes together. Perhaps time in bottle will help.

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Winemakers Note

VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES The property, located on the southern côte Pavie, was bought last year by Peter Kwok, also owner of Tour Saint Christophe and Haut Brisson, and is now managed by Jean-Christophe Meyrou, former manager of the Peré Vergé vineyards.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: June 30th, 2024


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