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2010 Lalande-de-Pomerol

Château Belles-Graves
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Here is a young Bordeaux that we can all start drinking now, because the pleasure is already there. I mean, youth has its advantages, right? And through the years, the decades, you can keep pulling corks—with such marvelous balance, this beauty should last forever.
    When I have some in my glass, I can’t help thinking of Bellevue’s subterranean, chalk-walled cellar. I taste it in the wine—a chalky tannin and sort of a dusty coating on the wild berry fruit. Think about it—gorgeous tannin with fruit and flesh to match. –Kermit Lynch

Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2010
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Lalande-de-Pomerol
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Producer: Château Belles-Graves
Winemaker: Xavier Piton
Vineyard: 40 years avg, 16.9
Soil: Clay, Gravel
Aging: Wine is raised in French oak barrels, 25% of which is new, for twelve to fifteen months
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Bordeaux

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Often considered the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux and its wines have captured the minds, hearts, and wallets of wine drinkers for centuries. For many, the wines provide an inalienable benchmark against which all other wines are measured.

Bordeaux is divided into three winegrowing regions with the city that gives the region its name in the near geographical center. The “right bank,” or the area located east of the Dordogne River, produces wines that are predominantly Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The “left bank” is located to the west of the Garonne River and produces wines dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

The third region, Entre-Deux-Mers, lies between both rivers and produces white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. Though technically in the left bank, it is worth noting the appellation of Sauternes, which produces arguably the world’s most famous sweet wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle as well.

Though many top Bordeaux wines are sold en primeur (in advance of their bottling) and often through a middleman known as a negoçiant, Kermit has always preferred to purchase directly from the winemaker. For more than three decades he has sought out small producers, who make classic Bordeaux wines and are willing to play outside the negoçiant system. This ethic has led to longstanding relationships, excellent prices, and perhaps most important—wines of great value and longevity.

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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