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Chateau Bellevue La Forêt 2011 Wine Review

Chateau Bellevue La Forêt 2011

Chateau Bellevue La Forêt 2011

Fronton, Southwest, France

Community Score:87/100

Community Reviews: 6

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Price: $13.95

Drink: 2014-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Chateau Bellevue

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 88/100

This robust, well-priced French red wine comes to us via Philip Grant, Propriétaire. The wine is mostly made from the Negrette grape and offers lip-smacking delicious flavours of dark fruit and cedar brush. Decant 1 hours and try it with a juicy steak tonight.

Food pairings: winter stew, rare cuts of meat, Olivier salad.

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This Chateau Bellevue La Forêt 2011 was reviewed on March 19, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Earthy forest floor aromas layered with smoky blackberry and black pepper. The flavour is juicy black and red fruits with a velvety mouth feel. It has an exceptionally long tar black cherry finish. This wine pulls of both rustic and classy at the same time.
Trevor Sabourin - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Ripe dark fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and cherry are balanced by the freshness of mint/eucalyptus, cedar, and a touch of menthol. There is also some black pepper, baking spices, sweet black olive, and forest floor. On the palate the ripe fruit repeats (but the cherry is prominent), along with coffee, black pepper, cedar, green bell pepper, and an intriguing cured meat note. Great presence and structure, with medium-high acidity and tannins. Decent length, finishing with blackberry, dark cherry, black pepper, and mocha. A Steal at the price! Features the Negrette grape.
Alex & Priya - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Priya: Smells like it would be on the dry side and I'm right. Still has some jamminess but without the sweetness so more like a concentrated fruit flavor. Quite nice - though it wasn't a great match for the pasta in tomato sauce we drank it with. 86 pts

Alex: Nah it wasn't a good match, this wine is too big and dark for a simple tomato pasta - that's where a chianti comes in! Nevertheless this a fantastic wine at $13.95, complex and savoury on the nose with fine depth, harmony and length on the palate. Very dark-fruited, brambly blackberries and plums, leather notes, mothballs, violets and pepper to the nose. Black fruited in the mouth with a glossy texture, hints of cocoa and dustings of violet and black olive. The syrah really makes its presence known, though this blend is well put together all around. Finishes plush and spicy, you're better off putting this to barbequed pork chops in a balsamic glaze. A steal of a wine! 90 pts
Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

Deep ruby/garnet, this blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Syrah from the south of France shows cherry, plum and green herb and some vanilla/oak on the nose. Some tartness here with sour cherry, pepper, and green notes carry on to the palate along with some fine grippy tannin. Tasted April 2015
Terry Jeans - Certified S reviewed this wine as follows:

A well-priced south of France wine with some interesting dark fruits and on the nose and the pallet. Decent acidity and subtle tannins would make this an accessible food wine.
The southern French red wine grape Negrette expresses itself in deep concentration and tannic structure. Great price for such a massive, tasty wine. - Community Wine Reviews

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