Friday, July 22, 2011

2006 Haut-Médoc

2006 Chateau Belle-Vue, Haut-Medoc

2006 Château Belle-Vue, AC Haut-Médoc

It's probably really idiotic and will likely bring me to financial ruin, but most of my cellar is still classified-growth Bordeaux. And truthfully, I hardly drink any Bordeaux. So stupid, truly a what the fuck were you thinking kind of situation. But, things are what they are, and I guess I have to begin learning to enjoy cabernet while I slowly switch it all out for Barolo.

Not so highly regarded, but Belle-Vue is a good one. Right next door to Château Giscours in fact, this property lies nearly adjacent to the boundaries of the Haut-Médoc and Margaux appellations. Mainly cabernet sauvignon of course, but this has quite a high percentage of petit verdot, around 15% I believe. I buy a bit every year because it's relatively inexpensive and I just love the creamy red berries and underlying rusticity.

Didn't show well this time. Strange, but I had mild suspicions that it was corked. Maybe not the best bottle, but this feels a bit awkward, as if the wood just doesn't fit into the wine. Very strange indeed - hopefully a bit more time in bottle will help it all settle down, but for now, slightly disappointing.

I just picked up a few bottles from my 2008 Bordeaux Futures order today. Anyone want to take some 2008 Clinet, Figeac, and Gazin off my hands?


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