Chateau Bellegrave Pomerol 2015
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From the importer:
"Located in the southern Pomerol near Castle René and Château l'Enclos, this is only a second-generation estate, with Jean Bouldy having purchased the vineyard in 1951. Despite the obvious superiority of Jean's soils to some of his neighbors (classic gravel and super-ferrous red clay, à la Pétrus), the wines gained their reputation slowly. Doubtlessly still, in the dawn of chemical farming (with Bordeaux leading the charge in many cases) the wines must have stood out given Jean's total aversion to any chemicals in his vines.
It was only recently that, under the guidance of Jean's son, Jean-Marie, the wines gained the level of fame outside of the region as they had enjoyed inside. Upon assuming care of the vines, Jean-Marie decided to transition from zero-chemical farming to biodynamics, having seen brilliant results elsewhere. The domaine has been certified organic by Ecocert since 2012. Otherwise, winemaking remains the same.
These are old-school Pomerols, the likes of which we rarely ever come across anymore. Polished, mouth-filling and long with all of the signature iron and mineral notes that one could hope for."