Château Pontête Bellegrave 2012 Graves de Vayres
A Bordeaux red wine that isn't to be missed by any proper Francophile.
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- Merlot 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2030
Located on the left bank of the Dordogne, the appellation of Graves de Vayres is historically renowned for its silky, full-flavored wines. The region’s gravelly, sandy terroir is what gives wines their fine-grained texture, a characteristic that is artfully expressed in Pontête Bellgrave’s elegant blend. This garrison and chateau in Saint-Germain-du-Puch has cultivated vines and made fine wines since the sixteenth century, and in 2004, the de la Rivière family purchased the estate, renovating its ancient cellars. A Bordeaux native, winemaker Bruno de la Rivière has crafted a blend that reflects the region’s rich history in this terroir-true blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
30 year old vines, hand-harvested. Partially destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged for one year in French oak barrels, with 25% new oak.
Tasty and full-bodied
I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the value of wine I get from CH. Always above average quality - taste, complexity, body, finish - for below average cost. And, sometimes, you can do even better - like with this Bordeaux. A really delicious wine and a great value, too boot!
A special value
This is a hidden gem, in my opinion. I'm always trying to find french wine that they permit to send to the US. The french know how to do wine, the trick is finding it without paying a fortune. This one is a winner, imho.
Soft and enjoyable
This is my first Red Bordeaux, mainly because I'm a little hesitant to try new reds that haven't been recommended by a friend. It wasn't overpowering to me and had nice soft tannins. I really enjoyed it!
Good friend of cameron hughes wine. I'm more or a new world wine lover, but this is a good french bordeaux for a fair price.