2003 Chateau Belle Vue
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, mocha, vanilla and tobacco
"The climatic conditions were exceptional this year for the Petit Verdot, which then became an important variety in this blend. The nose is dominated by notes that are associated with this variety (flowers, cherries). On the palate, this wine is rich and bold, and has a refreshing finish, something rare for the 2003 vintage. This is a wine with great balance and structure that denotes it will age nicely."
"Blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 27% Petit Verdot. The wine was fermented over a period of 4 weeks, with daily pumping overs. Aged in 40% new oak barrels and 60% in one year barrels. The barriques were a mix of Troncais and Hungarian and were aged for 12-14 months." -Winery; translated by KM