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|Blend:||88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc|
|Vineyard:||40 years avg, 16.9|
|Aging:||Wine is raised in French oak barrels, 25% of which is new, for twelve to fifteen months|
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. The finesse and subtlety that characterize this wine are matched by its complexity and depth. It is refreshing to find a domaine, a château, whose wine is far from banal and whose price point feels comfortable.
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