Chateau Bellevue Bordeaux 2008

This bottle was introduced to us by a good friend who is Dutch and a trained European Chef, Price Unknown.

Aaron:  While my tastes have become accustomed to the fruity, savory flavors of California wines I was excited to try this bordeaux.  It paired nicely with the lamb that we were eating at the time however I probably wouldn’t drink this as a standalone wine.  The nose was very broad with earthy tones, so I was slightly mislead because the flavor was thin and lacked body.  Also notable, I did not get a lot of grape flavors, though I definitely noticed berries.  Interestingly, the flavor did not resemble ripe berries, which gave a slight tartness to the second or third sip.  Overall, this probably could use another year or two of aging to develop some more complexity, however if you want to impress a wine snob, show up with a nice bordeaux, works every time!  80 points

Teri: I always remember Bordeaux as rich and earthy and this one fits the bill. The flavor has nice layers to it giving your taste buds flavors of red fruits first followed by musky and earthy nodes. With no hint of sweetness, this bottle would accompany a variety of savory meals adding to the complexity of the food. I normally lean towards fruitier flavors of California wines but this bottle was a great change. 75 points

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