Chateau Cote de Baleau Saint Emilion 2010

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Château Côte de Baleau is a small vineyard in the St. Emilion appellation which had been in the hands of the Reiffers family dating back to the reign of King Louis XIV, until the Cuvelier family, the owners of Clos Fourtet and Chateau Poujeaux in the Haut Medoc, purchased the property in 2013. The vineyard of Côte de Baleau consists of 17 hectares. 14 of those hectares are classified with Grand Cru Classe status. The terroir consists of limestone and sand soils, located not far from La Gomerie . The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The age of the vines is quite old, as the vines are on average, close to 40 years old. Aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for up to 18 months. The winemaking of Chateau Cote de Baleau is consulted by Michel Rolland. On average, 3,000 cases of Château Côte de Baleau are produced per year. Elegant, pure and charming, this has extra body in the 2010 vintage along with tannin for aging.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Chateau Cote de Baleau
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe wine displays lots of rich berry fruit, some licorice, cedar, underbrush, and incense. It is medium to full-bodied, up-front and forward, and quite drinkable despite the fact that it is less than three years of age. It should drink well for 12-15 years.

Robert Parker, February 2013
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorRipe and rather direct, with plum sauce, blackberry preserves and black licorice notes, turning slightly stolid on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2020.

James Molesworth, 2013