Château-Bellevue Bordeaux Superieur 2012
Wine AdvocateNow owned by a partnership of the Boüard and Lavaux families, this famous estate, sitting on the limestone outcrops of St.-Emilion, has produced a dense ruby/purple wine with unmistakable minerality and a medium to full body. It has a nice attractive, juicy, concentrated palate, with a certain tightness and austerity from the minerality and high tannins, but overall it is very impressively made and built for long-term cellaring. Forget it for 3-4 years and drink it over the following two decades. The final blend, tipping the scales at 13.8%, was 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Wine SpectatorFeatures a solid core of plum and blackberry fruit, with a snappy tobacco leaf note and a bright iron edge on the finish. Well done for the vintage. Drink now. 6,667 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastShowing firm tannins and structure this is currently a tough wine. It has a solid character although plenty of hints of juicy red berry fruits are ready to come out as the wine ages. Drink from late 2015.