In Bordeaux, France, the 2015 weather was as close to perfect for grape growing as it can get. Four months with minimal rain plus a scorching hot June and July produced tiny, intense grapes with tannic, thick skins. Just as the grapes began getting stressed by the heat and dehydration, rain swooped in bringing them back to life. The season wrapped up with a cooler-than-normal fall slowing the ripening process and allowing wineries to pick the grapes at precisely the right moment.
The Chateau Bel-Air Laclotte 2015 is the PERFECT example of what these ideal conditions can produce. This blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc opens with delightful aromas of blackberry and raspberry. On the palate it is supple and harmonious with notes of rich red plum and a delicate smokiness. It’s drinking great right right now but will also hold up for several years to come!