Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2010 Bordeaux, $27.89-$97.99, 93 points, begins and finishes with a dense blackberry/black currant red/purple color, from the core to the heavy draping "legs" over a rather thin transparent rim.
The aroma begins far from the glass, but a traditional series of sniffs fill the nose with profuse sweet cinnamon, clove, cedar, and just a hint of fresh turned earth, but an underlayment of sassafras, toasty vanilla, and black cherry are as rich as the smile of Fanny Chenal!
Unless you are prepared for intense acidity and gripping tannin, this near full-bodied red wine should probably be reserved for the next century! After teleporting through the thorny astringent briars and the bramble of the acid/tannin ramparts, the nose carries well into the palate flavors and finishes long on Asian hot spice, heat (15% alcohol) and spearmint.
I'm glad I bought three bottles, so as to enjoy this wine as it ages, because I think it will only impress more and more, and now that I've tasted it, I'll be looking to buy more of this one at what appears to be an incredible price.
This is not a wine for the faint of heart!
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