Château Bellevue de Tayac Margaux 2012

Dark ruby color; cherry, cedar, orange peel on the nose; red plum, black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, cranberry on the palate.

Tastes more right bank than left—70% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 10% petit verdot—which is understandable as this was made by Jean-Luc Thunevin who is better known for his right bank efforts and such estates a Château Valandraud. Since making this vintage, Thunevin sold this property to a new investment group.

The wine has some depth and saturated, ripe fruits; some elegance; smooth; restrained tannins; medium body; some tannic bite and okay acidity; touch of sweetness on the finish. Dusty elements in the mouth.

Margaux is an important appellation in the Haut-Medoc district of Bordeaux, north of the city of Bordeaux. Margaux is the largest appellation in Bordeaux, communes (parishes) include Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac, and Labarde. Rules specify how wines must be made to earn the AOC Margaux title. Wines from the appellation typically are well-rounded and gently perfumed and use cabernet sauvignon as the predominant grape, which makes this effort stand out from the norm.

Château Bellevue de Tayac Margaux 2012 is serviceable Margaux but not outstanding. It is a worthwhile buy when you can get it for the lower-end price, which probably is reason for the wide variance in pricing around the country. You can get better Margaux/Bordeaux for the high end price. $29-50

Other photos: Château Bellevue de Tayac winery, Château Bellevue de Tayac vineyards