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2010 Chateau Bellevue La Foret, Fronton


Chateau Bellevue La Foret was purchased by Philip Grant in 2008.  Christian Ivorra has been the long-term winemaker.  They make wine from a single 112 hectare vineyard.  The estate is located in the Fronton AOC which until 2005 was known as Cotes du Frontonnais.  Although it was only classified in 1975 this is an ancient wine growing area.  In the early 12th century the vineyard of Fronton were given to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.  When Louis XIII along with Cardinal Richelieu visited Fronton in 1632, they enjoyed many of the wines.

A Vineyard in Fronton, Image by pouletsue (flickr)

The estate’s production is split between 65% red wine and 35% rose wine.  This is one of their two rose cuvees.  This rose is made from 70% Negrette, 20% Gamay, and 10% Syrah.  The grapes are sourced from terraces vineyards between the Garonne and Tarn rivers.  The poor, gravelly soil contains iron and quartz.

I bought this wine for under $10 at MacArthur’s.  This represents strong value for the money.  This wine will fit the bill if you need something to quaff in the high heat of summer or to serve to a large party.

2010 Chateau Bellevue La Foret, Rose, Fronton
This wine starts off with soft flavors of strawberries and cream.  As the acidity picks up so do the mineral flavors.  The flavors become harder as the finish reveals more mineral flavors along with some heat.

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