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There are numerous Chateau Bel-Air’s out there. This one happens to be from Lussac, St. Emilion. From magnum, I popped and poured this 8 year old in hopes of brilliance. I am slightly disappointed, but still enjoying. Probably not expensive, it has been in my cellar and almost forgotten for 5 years. The initial nose is very interesting, yielding bluish fruit and a typical Merlot-from-the-right bank kinda smell. On the palate, the fruit doesn’t shine, slightly overshadowed by an imbalance of acidity, but good tannins. This one could last at least 5 more years and maybe flesh out a little to disperse the awkwardness. A guess at its price would give me s decent bottle worthy of 3 stars but needing some cellar time. If I were a pro, a solid 86 pointer and a recommended buy if the price is right.

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