This summer I revisited a truly delightful vintage from Bordeaux’s library of compelling harvests. While somewhat eclipsed in stature by that of 1982 – a storied crop that put Robert Parker on the wine lover’s vinous map – the 1983 vintage offered a truly compelling experience with great potential for longevity that was on display with the Chateau Bellefont-Belcier that I tasted.
The domain is one of several classified properties from the right-bank, Bordeaux district of Saint-Emilion – a breathtaking and historic Unesco world heritage site village that lies just across the Gironde estuary from the Médoc – home to many of the iconic châteaux of the region. Its 1983 offering is currently featured in Love The Wine You’re With.
Slave to the grape – worse fates there have been!