The 2010 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue makes a persuasive case for the lofty accolades that have been heaped upon it by consumers and critics alike. Deep in color, rich in flavor, this exceptional offering exhibits all of the attributes of the very best St. Émilion Grand Cru. In short, the compelling 2010 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue walks the fine line between opulence and power. For starters, rich red fruit and woodland scents soar from the glass. Happily, these delectable aromas well back up again in the mouth from a dense core of ripe fruits that come elegantly wrapped in finely crafted tannins. Furthermore, cassis, dark chocolate, and subtle spice tones from a 15-month hiatus in mostly new Sequin-Moreau barrels make this young wine simply hard to resist. Sensual, and at the same time structured, the 2010 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue offers fine near term drinking and exceptional potential for ageing gracefully for up to a decade or more. For optimal enjoyment we suggest decanting the 2010 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue at least an hour before serving at cool room temperature (60°-65° F).
Opulent, hedonistic styled wines such as the 2010 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru provide superb accompaniments to simple, well prepared dishes as well as complex cuisine. For this reason, good St. Émilion Grand Cru makes an ideal choice to serve at a dinner party. Plump roasted chickens or game hens served with wild rice or an onion and sage stuffing provide tasty accompaniments to the 2010 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue. A bone-in veal chop prepared with a tasty brown sauce offers another delicious accompaniment. Roast beef, especially Prime Rib, affords yet another opportunity to showcase Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue’s wonderful St. Émilion Grand Cru. When served with mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, and braised pearl onions, the Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue and Prime Rib form a bond that lasts until the bottle lies empty. For those disciplined souls who may at the end of a meal still have a bit of this tasty St. Émilion Grand Cru in glass, we suggest they drain those glasses in the company of a selection of French cheeses that include Cantal and Port Salut. A votre santé!
Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue is one of the bright rising stars of the fabled St. Émilion appellation. Since 1990 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue has been carefully guided by the De Labarre family who purchased this diminutive property from the owners of Château Cheval Blanc, St. Émilion’s most illustrious wine estate. The De Labarre family wisely retained Cheval Blanc’s winemaker, Bernard Gaudin-Lecourt and solicited the assistance of consulting enologist Dany Rolland in order to optimize the estate’s potential.
Only one wine bears the name Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue, the estate’s St. Émilion Grand Cru. Arnaud De Labarre presently controls both viticulture and vinification at Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue. Under Arnaud’s tenure, Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue’s St. Émilion Grand Cru has truly achieved world class status.
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