Château Bel-Air la Royère, 2011

Premières Côtes de Blaye, Bordeaux, France

Château Bel-Air la Royère, 2011

Premières Côtes de Blaye, Bordeaux, France

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  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12
£24.99
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£24.99

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Grape Varietes: Merlot 60%, Malbec 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Christian Veyry Optimum Drinking: 2017-2018 Reviewer Rating: 92 Reviewer: CFW Code: 102545 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.

Reviews

"A light coating of cocoa gives way to hints of charcoal and plum sauce, with the briary edge adding a pleasant textural note on the finish." Wine Spectator

Intense and elegant blackcurrant, kirsch, violet and rose aromas, with tobacco leaf, liquorice, and lightly torrefied savoury spice. Finely balanced and expansive palate with good depth and concentration, velvety tannins, long creamy development lightly macerated but fresh and mineral with intense floral spice and fruit in the finish.