The 2021 Bellefont-Belcier is done in a much more elegant style than in the past. That is a combination of the vintage and a new direction for the château. There’s terrific freshness to be found in the red-fleshed fruit, but also less heft than in the past. I am not sure the true potential of this site is still fully known, but the ride to discovering it is going to be fascinating.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2041
Jane Anson 93
Takes its time, not pushing too hard, attractive construction that is gentle but with depth, coiled raspberry and redcurrant fruit that you can see will offer juicy drinking within a few years of bottling. Definitely works with the vintage not against it, and is successful.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2040
Robert Parker 92-94
Spared by the April frosts, the 2021 Bellefont Belcier has turned out brilliantly, exhibiting aromas of sweet berries and cherries mingled with hints of orange zest and violets, framed by a deft touch of oak. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and seamless, it’s deep and elegant, with refined tannins, fine concentration and a penetrating finish. Impressively, this 2021 appears to surpass the estate’s 2018 in quality!
James Suckling 93-94
A racy and refined Bellefont with stone, chalk and salty character. Wet earth and green olives, too. Medium to full body with a core of pretty fruit and solid tannins that are fine and polished.