Château Bel-Air la Royère, 2008

Premières Côtes de Blaye, Bordeaux, France

Château Bel-Air la Royère, 2008

Premières Côtes de Blaye, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Merlot 65% Malbec 35% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Christian Veyry Optimum Drinking: 2018-2020 Reviewer Rating: 92 Reviewer: CFW Code: 101981 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

Bel-Air la Royère is a charming farmhouse perched on one of Blaye’s rolling hills with sweeping views over this right bank Bordeaux district which offers some great values. Under Xavier and Corinne Loriaud, Bel-Air has risen to the top of Blaye's ladder, although they are certainly not shouting it from their hilltop.

They say that wines often reflect the personality of their growers and that is certainly true of this unpretentious boutique operation that produces wine for love as much as making a living. Unusually for Bordeaux, 25% of the blend is Malbec, which adds unusual body, depth and spice to the blend.


"Racy, offering raspberry and loganberry fruit laced with tangy minerality and a long, fresh, tobacco-tinged finish. Merlot and Malbec." Wine Spectator

"A high score, yes, because it's a good wine, but be warned: it's not classical Bordeaux. In fact it's rather like a serious, modern Cahors – perhaps not so surprising when you know that it's over one-third Malbec, almost unheard of in Bordeaux. It's jet black with an aromatic intensity of black fruit, damsons, licorice and graphite. In the mouth, it's full and dry with inky black fruit, smokiness, minerality, dense, ripe tannins and marked acidity." The Wine Gang

"Elegant and harmonious nose, with fruit and subtle spicy notes. Delectable, ripe and very aromatic on the palate. Superb fruit and an excellent freshness on the finish.17.5/20." La Revue du Vin de France

Fresh aromas of ripe blackberry, morello cherry, lifted violet and rugosa rose with further hints of liquorice, tobacco, clove and marked limestone minerality. Very focused on the palate with broad and spicy fruit on the front, a creamy centre with ripe layers of fruit and spice, fresh acidity to balance and good mineral depth. There are rich velvety tannins supporting a long development with great aromatic intensity and minerality on the finish.