Chateau Belles-Graves Lalande de Pomerol 2012
Producer Notes: Situated in Lalande de Pomerol, just north of Pomerol, Belles-Graves produces Merlot-dominated wines with a lush, velvety texture and very fine tannins. The vineyards average forty years of age and are planted on slopes that descend to the east, south and west of the estate. Though they sit just across a small river from some of the famous estates of Pomerol, their greatness comes from their own terroir of varied clay and gravel where flint, quartz, and mica offer distinct mineral components to each parcel. Yields are kept low, the maceration is long, and the wines are never filtered. The final blend consists of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. The finesse and subtlety that characterize this wine are matched by its complexity and depth. In Bordeaux’s sea of oft-criticized, overly-expensive, and even over-rated wines, it is refreshing to find a domaine, a château, whose wine is far from banal and whose price point feels comfortable.
• All fruit is hand-harvested, sorted and 100% de-stemmed
• Vinification takes place in thermo-regulated cement cuves over four to five weeks
• Regular pumpovers or punchdowns depending on the plot and the vintage
• Wine is raised in French oak barrels, 25% of which is new, for twelve to fifteen months
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