2005 Chateau Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre, Margaux (750ml)15 3 0 0
"Although it is not the most famous or familiar château I will ever write about, Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre constitutes one of the most important...The wines were cut from a totally different cloth to any Bordeaux I had tasted. They evoked a fast-disappearing era of Bordeaux."
- Neal Martin (Vinous)
It is our great pleasure to be able to offer of Chateau Bel Air Marquis d'Arigre directly from the Chateau's cellar. This is an absolute sleeper property as their vineyards sit in the middle of far more famous & prestigious neighbors. The proprietor and still head winemaker, Jean-Pierre Boye, now in his 90s, has worked over 70 vintages! Even older than Boyer are his vines, many of which date back to the 1870s. The six vintage collection we are offering are all hand picked and are in the drinking window! Any lover of old school Bordeaux should jump on this because it takes you back to how wine was made generations ago...
We recommend glancing at the article that Neal Martin of Vinous wrote in 2018...HERE.
Excerpts from Neal Martin's article from 2018:
I have met countless Bordeaux winemakers over two decades. None have been cut from the same rough-hewn cloth as the owner of Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre. Jean-Pierre Boyer is the last of his kind.
Although it is not the most famous or familiar château I will ever write about, Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre constitutes one of the most important. It might be the last or the only time that I will meet bygone Bordeaux face-to-face.
The vines. Wow. I have visited most of the major vineyards in Bordeaux and never encountered any like these. “I have vines that are over 100-years old, maybe dating back to the 1870s on their own roots,” Boyer tells me...
The wines were cut from a totally different cloth to any Bordeaux I had tasted. They evoked a fast-disappearing era of Bordeaux. They were remarkably consistent, and their backstory made them intermittently profound, extraordinarily pure, almost Saint Julien-like in style with sappy finishes that urged another sip.