View Order
Call Us 0117 921 1770
Email Us enquiries@vinetrail.co.uk

In this section

Château Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre

Key to symbols
  • White
  • Red
  • Rosé
  • White/Red Sweet
  • 164. Margaux AC 1996 Grand Cru Exceptionnel

    More info

    Château Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre

    35% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec (12.5% alc.)

    Log in to view prices New

    It’s quite rare to be the first UK importers of this wine direct from the estate (it’s sometimes available via the grey secondary market) from a vigneron who has already produced 67 vintages in his life and is 84yo! The vines here are suitably old, some over 100yo, from the west of the appellation above Virefougasse, where there is a fine, sandy texture to the soils. Jean-Pierre Boyer has never followed trends, dispensing with all oak for ageing back in the 1960s and instead carrying out a long patient three year elevage in cement cuves, and then selling the wine when it’s at least ten years old. All his wines are renowned for their long ageing capacity. Tasted from cuve the young juices show incredible breed and class, they are very pure (no herbicides) and harmonious with an old viney stamp and reserve. We have purchased the best vintages from 1996 to 2005. The 1996  offers a brick red colour, black cherries and red currants, mid-weight with a good wallop of intensity on the palate, and still a tannic touch on the finish which will ensure it has a good few years ageing ahead of it. Low sulphur. For drinking now to 2030.