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No, we did not forget a digit when typing up the price of this wine, a nine year-old Bordeaux straight from the cellar of an organic vigneron in the heart of the Right Bank. The magic of so–called “satellite appellations,” as we refer to Lussac in relation to neighboring Saint-Émilion, is that there is more variation in terroir within each AOC than between the two. A great Lussac can therefore outperform an average Saint-Émilion, but its price will never come close.
Bellevue sits on a plateau of pure chalk, which gives the wine a flavor as site specific as can be. It manifests itself in its appetizing acidity, stony tannins, and lively fresh fruit that make this Lussac delicious now and for many years to come.
|Blend:||95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc|
|Appellation:||Lussac Saint Émilion|
|Producer:||Château de Bellevue|
|Vineyard:||40 years, 9.5 ha|
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch