Off Topic: Ch. Bellevue Bordeaux Supérieur Sauveterre de Guyenne 2012 – $$
Stephen Brook writing recently in Decanter said of the 2012 Bordeaux vintage, “ Extreme weather made 2012 a tricky vintage to handle in Bordeaux, but a selective buyer can find quality”.
We don’t get much selection down in this part of the world, if we choose to select from the levels below grand cru, but my local wine store rated this wine quite highly.
Dark crimson. 12.5%. Savoury, muscular, almost meaty nose. I smell warm bread, dark fruit, figs.
It is lively in the glass, with structure and supple tannins, and a good level of fruit flavour and intensity. A good drop for less that a twenty. Would look even better in a couple of years.