This Chateau de Belcier Bordeaux Review is part of our value wine series. A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great tasting wines like this Bordeaux red wine blend from Chateau de Belcier. This particular Bordeaux (vintage 2011) is a steal and is also currently available at Costco while supplies last.
Before I get into the nitty gritty of this wine, in summary – it’s a great tasting, everyday, drinkable wine from a noteworthy Vintner and region in France. While 2009 and 2010 have been some of the most gorgeous overall Bordeaux vintages in recent history, the Chateau de Belcier 2011 Bordeaux red blend is not one to be shrugged off. It’s got all of the typical Bordeaux characteristics that enthusiasts love, yet it’s both accessible and available for a fraction of the price. We recently found it at Costco for $12.99, though we’ve heard some markets have yet to slash prices and it could cost you as much as $16.99.
But Chateau de Belcier isn’t just a noteworthy wine maker because of their wines, the facility has some historical significance in that it was originally built to welcome to King of France during the 18th century.
From the bottle…
Chateau de Belcier was built in the 18th century for the specific purpose of welcoming the King of France. Chateau de Belcier wines, crafted from the Merlot (67%), Cabernet Franc (25%), and Malbec (6%) grape varieties, planted in a superb terroir adjacent to that of St. Emilion, are aged in French oak barrels. They are plump and opulent, the perfect accompaniment for red meat, game or hard cheeses, and boast fine cellaring potential. Their quality has been rewarded by competition medals, and by citations in the best guides.
This particular wine breaks away from the more classic Bordeaux red blend molds by avoiding Cabernet Sauvignon entirely in its mixture. What this does is essentially lighten the body a bit, with the Malbec adding to the perception of spice and depth. Big props to Chateau de Belcier for trying this somewhat bold blend and getting it right. The 2011 vintage of the Chateau de Belcier Bordeaux is aged in French oak for 8 months and grown along sloping hills (Cotes) in Bordeaux.
This is a medium to full bodied dry red blend. In the glass, this wine emits an elegant dark red garnet, almost black cherry hue. The nose gives off bits of characteristic Bordeaux old leather couch and undertones of soft violet and ripe red berry perfume. The opening palate is inviting and velvety in texture with strong undertones of black currant, dark plum and red cherry. The mid-palate brings out bits of gravel-esque minerals and red spices, backed up a a soft tannin structure and cassis. Approaching the close, bits of both cacao and vanilla become evident with undertones of thyme, black cherry and bright acidity. The finish is medium-long with lingering bits of blackberry, cassis and elevated acid.
Chateau de Belcier Bordeaux Food Pairings
Given the slightly lighter body, subtle spice and dominant black currant notes, we love this wine with most gamey dishes, like venison (checkout this recipe for Grilled Venison Backstrap). Separately, there’s a savory aspect to this wine. Try pairing it with either duck or pork to maximize the combination of sweet and savory on the palate.
In fact, you should try these Shredded Crispy Duck Banh Mi Sliders with Pickled Carrot Radish Slaw, Lime, Cilantro and Spicy Aioli.