Château La Croix Bellevue 2015
Bordeaux Blend｜Lalande-De-Pomerol, Bordeaux
Savvy collectors take notice!
La Croix Bellevue is a small boutique estate run by the Trocard family in Lalande-de-Pomerol, part of the tightly-packed cluster of notable right bank Bordeaux appellations, including Pomerol and Saint-Émilion.
The famille Trocard has roots in this region stretching back to 1628 – yes, that's 14 generations of family winemaking. This Château is a mere four hectares of old-vine Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon, and Merlot. In this outstanding 2015 vintage the blend is just about evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Aficionados know that Cabernet Franc loves gravelly soils and Merlot thrives in clay; La Croix Bellevue has the best of these. Fourteen months in barrel makes for a plush, elegant, and immensely complex claret. Currant jam, damson plum, olive, crushed herbs, bay leaf...every sniff evokes a cornucopia of aromas and flavors. Just fantastic.
Lalande-de-Pomerol is the cousin to its more prestigious neighbor of Pomerol proper; the vineyards here at La Croix Bellevue are just northeast of Pomerol, on a slope with a view of Pomerol itself. A high proportion of gravelly soils call back to more of a "left bank" styled blend with that grumbling, chewy, crushed-rock minerality.
Smooth, fine, and supple, this is "right bank" claret at its best. Lay it down for as long as you can stand for immense rewards, or pop it now and decant for an hour alongside a dry-aged ribeye and you'll be in Bordeaux heaven. Free shipping on just four, but you'll wish you bought more!