2016 Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, Saint-Emilion (750ml)

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2016 Chateau Bellefont-Belcier
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Emilion
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 95JS, 94WA, 94V, 93WE, 93WS

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Wow. This really excelled in 2016 with so much intensity and focus. Dark berry and floral character. Full and tight. Superfine tannins. Excellent.

94-95 points, James Suckling (Apr 2017)

The 2016 Bellefont Belcier is a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 80% new oak. It has a satisfying if not sensational bouquet that does not quite get to grips with its propitious terroir as I was hoping. This came across as a little muted perhaps. The palate is sweet and velvety on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. It gathers pace, gaining more intensity towards its spice-tinged finish with a hint of graphite courtesy of the Cabernet Sauvignon, although I was seeking a little more length on the aftertaste. There is certainly good aging potential here, and I suspect that it will come together nicely once in bottle.

92-94 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)

Bellefont-Belcier is superb in 2016. An exotic mélange of graphite, gravel, smoke, cured meats and inky dark fruit hits the palate as this virile, potent Saint-Émilion shows off its personality. The 2016 has been impressive on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. Vibrant, lifted and exuberant, it possesses striking aromatic brilliance to play off the rich, dark flavors. Beams of supporting tannin and acidity give further drive. This is an impressive showing. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted three times.

91-94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2017)

This is a fruity, juicy wine, with soft tannins as well as a touch of toast. It has an immediacy to it, thanks to the forward fruit and generous tannins. At the same time, there is a core of dry structure that will allow it to age.

91-93 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (2017)

Vivacious blackberry and boysenberry fruit rushes through, backed by ample licorice and sweet spice notes, but without an overtly toasty profile, letting a mineral edge chime in on the finish.

90-93 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (2017)