Last from the French National Flag trio from Bellevoye was “Red” with a Grand Cru finish… We had a promising start with “Blue” and “White” so were curious to see what this would bring.
Bellevoye Red 40% (Grand Cru)
- Nose – Quite different at first – fresh seaweed and saline – then pears, fresh grass and herbal, very “green” and vegetal…aromatic… then shifted again into honey, fresh almonds soaked in water, fresh almond oil, a hint of cloves, churan and dry wood, mango leather, bit floral – jasmine, vanilla
- Palate – More spice than expected, strong mouthfeel, pear, bitter almond, sweet spices like cinnamon and dates, candied ginger
- Finish – Initially a quick prick of spice then a nice lingering echo – long and lingering with a sweet aftertaste
We found this one quite interesting on the nose – the shifting character making it intriguing… but a bit disappointing on the palate with the first sip. However the more we settled into this one, the more we enjoyed.
I’m not sure what exactly we expected from a “Grand Cru” finish, but this had deeper tones than had anticipated.
This triple malt apparently five to ten years aging in French oak casks then post blend, spent six months in Grand Cru casks.
What all have I tried from Bellevoye?
- Blue 40% (French Oak)
- White 40% (Sauternes)
- Red 43% (Grand Cru) – This one
- Black 43% (Peated)
I bought the tasting set of 200 ml bottles – Red, White & Blue – for EUR 55.
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