Wine Region: Bordeaux
Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Tasting notes: The 1996 Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre is beginning to drink beautifully, unwinding in the glass with aromas of plums and cassis mingled with fresh tobacco, subtle spices and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with superb purity of fruit, fine concentration and melting tannins, it is entering what it sure to be a broad plateau of maturity - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
About the winery: Château Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre (also known as BAMA) is a unique Bordeaux wine that stands out for its complexity and purity. The vines, some of which are pre-phylloxera, are considered precious by the 90-year-old winemaker, Jean-Pierre Boyer, who has made 72 vintages. The wine is made from a single blend of four main Medoc grapes, with varying percentages from vintage to vintage, and some other native grape varieties. The estate covers 13 hectares, but only 3 hectares are currently farmed by Mr. Boyer, who refuses to pull up any of the vines. The wine is made as it was done back in the 19th century, without following any trend, and is a genuine expression of terroir.
Wine Advocate: 94/100