Château Villa Bel-Air 2013 Bordeaux Rouge

Château Villa Bel-Air 2013 Bordeaux Rouge


Fellow wine lovers, the Bordeaux estate Villa Bel-Air features an eighteenth century Château which is designated a historical monument, perched upon the famous gravel soils of this region from which it derives its name, Graves. A nearby forest of pine trees helps block poor weather from adversely affecting the vineyard, maintaining an ideal growing season for the vineyard. Like many of the European wines I tend to feature on Impulse, Château Villa Bel-Air is yet another story of a run down old property, which was purchased by newly interested parties around forty years ago, who then invested time and money towards breathing new life back into it. They modernized and cleaned up the winemaking techniques and revitalized the vineyards from their shabby state back to one of health and prosperity. In this age of overpriced Bordeaux wines, Château Villa Bel-Air is a great example of how you don't need to pay $200 for a good bottle of classic French red. 

Château Villa Bel-Air Bordeaux Rouge

Being from the 2013 vintage, the Château Villa Bel-Air Red Bordeaux has the benefit of a few years extra aging and is ready to drink now, but can be aged further for those who prefer a wine with more time in the bottle. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels, with 20% of those barrels being new wood.

It exhibits a dark ruby color with shimmers of purple hue, and has a medium to full body on the palate with classic Bordeaux tannins which are present and firm yet not overly aggressive. There are notes of red and black fruit intertwined with suggestions of violets, vanilla, toast, and oak. There are flavors of mocha, cassis, raspberry, and licorice, with a finish which is dry and slightly rocky.

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