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Don’t miss this organic Bordeaux from the legendary 2010 vintage, back by popular demand. Bellevue occupies a special place in the mosaic of terroirs that make up the Bordelais: the vines (Merlot and a smattering of Cabernet Franc) sit atop a stratum of limestone that provides a backbone of fresh, firm, chalky tannins. As a result, this Lussac is savory and mineral-driven, with a dusty earthiness and iron-like sanguinity. It is a Merlot that will challenge even the most vehement Merlot haters—just picture Paul Giamatti in Sideways gulping it down animal style with his In-N-Out burger.
|Blend:||95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc|
|Appellation:||Lussac Saint Émilion|
|Producer:||Château de Bellevue|
|Vineyard:||40 years, 9.5 ha|
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch