Chateau Bel Air Marquis Margeaux 1998
Region: Margeaux , Bordeaux, France
Grape Varieties: 30% Caberent Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
The vinification and ageing take place in concrete, in order to preserve the pure flavours of the blend.
"The 1998 Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligré is a vintage that I have not tasted before. It is showing some bricking on the rim at 21 years of age. The open, generous bouquet evokes red fruit, tomato vine and just a touch of Italian delicatessen. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a splash of Worcester sauce infusing the red fruit with a delicate touch of spice toward the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and I would probably not age it too much longer. Tasted at the Vine Trail portfolio tasting in London. Drink: 2019-2030. 91 points"
Neal Martin, Vinous (09/19)
Rating: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20
Chateau Bel Air Marquisd'Aligre was classified as Grand Cru Exceptionelle in 1932. It was not rated in1855 classification but its wine were no less in the excellence of thisprestigious appellation. Produced on a vineyard of 3 hectares only, the wineryproduces about 10,000 bottles only with organic farming with average 90years age of vines. Existing owner and winemaker, Mr. Jean Pierre Boyer,insisted on classic and traditional winemaking style for over 60 years, and heis now 90 years old. His old vintages are sought after bywine connoisseurs in Bordeaux, and his wine are designed to be drunk after10 to 50 years of ageing.