B-21 Top Recommendation
Have you ever read a review and wondered if a critic's prediction about a wine's ability to age actually came true? Back in 2013, the Wine Enthusiast's European Editor Roger Voss had this to say about the 2010 Château de Belcier – "...one which will definitely mature well, if slowly. There's power from tannins and fruit, both promising aging. Dark and dense, this hints at the juicy black fruits to come." After recently tasting the outstanding 2010 Château de Belcier, it was obvious that Bordeaux-based Voss was spot on. Ready to drink now, the 2010 Belcier exhibits notes of harmonious fruit showing great life and limestone drive, an exceptional Bordeaux bargain.
Château de Belcier was built in the late 18th century in the Côtes de Castillon, a region known for its Merlot-based blends. With a similar terroir of neighboring Saint-Emilion, the 52-hectare vineyard composed of clay-limestone and silty clay soil is planted mainly with Merlot vines over 30 years old, with smaller areas of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Castillon is cooler than Saint-Emilion, requiring skilled vineyard management and making the decision about when to harvest critical. Under the adept winemaking at Belcier, the resulting wines exhibit marked acidity and structured tannins built for aging, and with patience are a terrific value. The 2010 Château de Belcier is full bodied with black plum, flint, and spicy notes, balancing a judicious use of wood, and now with over 10 years of cellaring, ready to enjoy at a price that makes it perfect for every day.