2012 Bellegrave, Pauillac, 2012
Very smooth, good sipping wine. Simple(in terms of fruit cassis, berries and coffee tones) and classic(in terms of structure and texture). ABV is just 13%. Medium bodied, it has a leaner body by Pauiillac standard and drinks on and on. Like most vintages from Bellegrave, the 2012 is always with mineral finesse that balances the natural power of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Delayed harvest(first week of October) was practised for good colour and structure, the 2012 is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, maturing with 12 months aging, 40% new barrels. Scores and tasting by international writers really not bad. Right time to drink.
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Bellegrave has an intriguing, rather saline/brine scented bouquet with expressive Cabernet Franc. It takes a little time to find its delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannins. The Cabernet Franc component forms its conspicuous back bone - a Pomerol that is classic and “cool” in style. Nicely focused and delineated on the finish with well-integrated oak, don’t be surprised to find this blooming in several years. (NM) (3/2013)
Some raspberry and currant character with citrus undertones. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Needs a year or two to soften. Better in 2016. (2/2015)
Offers a racy feel, with damson plum, red currant and bitter cherry notes that course along the iron-edged structure, while bright floral and blood orange accents fill in the background. Pure and tightly focused at the core, with the vintage's austerity showing along the edges. Best from 2017 through 2022. 1,665 cases made. (JM, Web-2015)