Chateau Bel-Air 2013 Bergerac

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc; 13% ABV
Bergerac (region just east of Bordeaux), France
imported by Max Beverage of South Pasadena, CA
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store around 14 Oct

ChBelAir_2013_Bergerac_2This wine is quite young, still in a softly textured, more fruity phase, not yet “hardened” into wine.  Nonetheless, it is a fairly substantially built wine with good fruit.  After a couple hours or so, the wine shows soft, ripe earthy red cherry and black raspberry threatening to become cassis, acid of red currants.  After 5 hours of air, it became reasonably tasty, if still too young.  After 6 hours, the fruit becomes fuller and really quite tasty, with dark cassis or almost blackberry coming forth, and still with thicker, earthy tannin.

The second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) showed similar evolution to the first, but never quite opened up as much as the first half did.  I would say this is a pretty good buy, especially if you have reasonably good storage for your wine and have the patience to wait 5 – 8 years.

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3 thoughts on “Chateau Bel-Air 2013 Bergerac

  1. Expat

    several years ago Trader Joe’s carried Chateau Bel Air for around $10 and I was really pleased with it. Just like you describe it seedboy. If it shows up on the central coast I’ll snap up a bottle.

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  2. seedboy

    I opened one of these and had a few sips last night. This is pretty much what I would want from an inexpensive Bordeaux. Just the right amount of fruit, good balance, some minerality and a tiny bit of tannic grip.

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