Friday, June 18, 2010

Chateau Belingard Bergerac Sec 2009

Chateau Belingard Bergerac Sec 2009
Origin: Dordogne Valley, France
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (60%), Semillon (40%)
Alcohol Content: 12.0%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: May 2010
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Aromas of tropical fruit (papaya, banana) with floral citrus notes and just a touch of spice are exhibited by this light straw colored wine. The fruit flavors are initially quite pleasant on the palate, but become somewhat unbalanced, too acidic, almost strident, into the finish. The finish itself is lengthy but rather flat and without much character.

Our rating: Nearly two years ago we tasted the Chateau Belingard Bergerac Sec 2007, rating it Below Average. Sadly, the 2009 vintage isn't much better (though it does score a bit higher). It is actually fairly cuisine friendly, with food rounding some of the sharper edges. Still, we rate it on the very low side of Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Flowers, boiled sweets and exotic fruits on the nose this wine is an optimal blend; fresh on the palate with long tasting aftertaste." (Note: the website mentions a blend including Muscadelle, but neither the 2007 or the 2009 vintages include this varietal.)

Winery website: Chateau Belingard.

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