Chateau Villa Bel-Air Rouge Graves - Bordeaux
Bottle size: 750ml
The best sub $50 Bordeaux wine on the market in our opinion. Drinking like a charm now, but will develop further in the cellar.
The colour and tannins of the wine are delicately extracted by employing traditional vinification methods and long maceration (20 days). The resulting wine combines power and refinement. It exhibits a deep purple-crimson robe, a nose of violets and ripe red fruits with hints of vanilla oak. A structured wine with an ample, round finish enhanced by liquorice tannins.
I know how hard it is finding good Bordeaux under $50 that offers any sense of typicity or regionality. Have really enjoyed bottles of 2014 Villa Bel-Air from Graves. It’s one of Jean Michel Cazes’s wines of Lynch Bages in Paulliac and I believe made by the same winemaking team that make Lynch Bages. 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet and 10% Cabernet Franc, 1/3 new oak.
Anyway it’s pretty tidy delivering (for Bordeaux addicts) an authentic Bordeaux experience at a modest price. Pure, essency, sweet blackcurrant, lovely lifted violets, lead pencil/graphite, some herbal savoury edges and given its judicious oak regime, attractive whiffs of fresh cedar. Has a lovely mid-weight distinctly claret-like Bordeaux vibe. 13% Alc. Great value.
Chateau Villa Bel-Air is located in Saint Morillon in the heart of the Graves appellation. In the 18th century, Louis Dufaure, marquis de Lajarte, a councillor in the Bordeaux Parliament, built a beautiful classic mansion on the site of the Bel-Air property. The company was bought in 1988 by Jean-Michel Cazes and his family. They restructured the vineyards and renewed winery equipment. The vineyard is 50 hectares and vines are 18 years old on average.
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