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From a superb vintage for this bank of the Gironde, the 1998 is drinking great now. Predominantly Merlot with Cabernet Franc, give it an hour or more in the decanter and the wine will open up gloriously for you.
—Clark Z. Terry
|Blend:||95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc|
|Appellation:||Lussac Saint Émilion|
|Producer:||Château de Bellevue|
|Vineyard:||40 years, 9.5 ha|
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
Inspiring Thirst, page 171