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Wine tasting evening at Hay Hill Gallery for members of Domaine de Bellevue’s Grand Societe
2nd December 2014

Christmas Cheers

The Christmas party season began early this year in Marylebone, with a wine tasting event hosted by Hay Hill Gallery. Amongst the elegant sculptures and ethereal paintings of Moskvitina, members of Bellevue's Le Grande Societe were welcomed by Conor Davies, Jean-Francois Boras and Tom Harrow. The guests enjoyed numerous glasses of the Domaine de Bellevue Clairet, and the Les Ancres de Bellevue 2010. There was also a chance to sample the La Grand Cuvée de Bellevue, vintages 2006/09 and the exclusive Merlot Cuvée from 2009, of which only 600 bottles have ever been made.

Tasting Notes:

Les Ancres de Bellevue Clairet
‘Clear, bright, beautiful strawberry colour. Raspberry and Blackberry nose with light notes of milk. The wine is balanced, pleasant, with a burst of very tasty fruit that gives gradually to a beautiful structure.’

Les Ancres de Bellevue Côtes de Bordeaux 2010
‘A beautiful ruby red colour turning towards garnet. At first the nose reveals animal notes, wood and vanilla. The second nose suggests notes of roasted coffee and cocoa. The palate is crisp, with aromas of cherries and vanilla, with tannins present on the finish. The wine demands several years for full expression, the tannins will relax and open up the flavours.’

Domaine de Bellevue le Grand Cuvée 2006
‘This millesime is very balanced.  The nose is oaky with scents of blackcurrant fruits, the mouth is delicate and  well-balanced with an aromatic complexity and a long finish.  Aeration gives way to notes of black fruits, prunes in Armagnac, vanilla and tobacco. This vintage begins to show maturity, with the development of all the flavours, complexity and a flexible structure. A wine with sensitivity.

2009 Domaine de Bellevue Le Grand Cuvée
‘Deep garnet in colour, the nose evokes leather, ripe fruit and cassis, combined with roasted notes.  The mouth is round with soft tannins. This wine is smooth, balanced, with slight astringency on the finish due to its young age.’

About Domaine de Bellevue & WineChap:
The Domaine de Bellevue is a ‘renaissance’ vineyard overlooking the banks of Bordeaux’s Garonne River. Originally classified in 1647, Bellevue ceased production in the early 1960s and remained uncultivated until the turn of the century. A project jointly spearheaded by Jean-Francois Boras, Tim Griffiths and Conor Davey, it has been restored and cultivated under the guidance of Kees Van Leeuwen, (formerly technical director of Cheval Blanc). In order to offer participation in this exciting and unique venture, Boras, Griffiths and Davey founded Le Grand Société du Domaine de Bellevue, a debenture membership club.

Le Grand Société recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary with a founder members dinner at Balthazar in London where WineChap was introduced as a new partner to help take Bellevue to the next level. With a reputation for hosting unique global wine experiences, unearthing fantastic producers and building fine wine portfolios, all with a refreshing side of humour and lack of pretence, WineChap is opening up their little black book and putting together an enviable programme of events, tours and exclusive wine offers that will ensure participation in Le Grand Société is more worthwhile than ever.

Great company and conversations fuelled by fine wine and canapés? We’ll drink to that! Bottoms up!









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