Château Bellecroix, Bordeaux Supérieur 2019
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Chateau Bellecroix, near Graves, has a long history dating back to the late 1800s. In the 1970s, entrepreneur and owner of Chateau Haut-Calens, Albert Yung, bought the property, and replanted and modernised the left bank estate in the town of Beautiran.
This wine is silky smooth and a perfect bottle to crack open with a roast dinner or just to have on its own. It was aged for 6 months in second-use oak barrels. It’s a ruby red colour, has aromas of black fruit, and is medium bodied, balanced and elegant with smooth tannins. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Times wine critic, Jane Macquitty, made this one of her Top 100 Wines of Summer. She wrote: “Absolutely delicious left bank claret, roughly two thirds Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Bellecroix is a hop and a skip from Graves, hence its taste-alike mature, gamey, classy, cigar smoke-scented fruit. Claret like this could easily set you back a few pounds more.”