Cellar Besllum 2008 Montsant - 91+pts

Cellar Besllum 2008 Montsant (Montsant) Spain

Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $19.99
Alcohol: 14%
Date Tasted: March 24th, 2012

Tasting Notes: According to the label, 'Besllum' means "a ray of bright light coming through a small opening in a dark background." A beacon or a godly alert perhaps, I don't know, but what I do know is that the Montsant region of Spain is producing some amazing wines of late that won't make a huge dent in your pocketbook.

This offering, a blend of equal parts Carignan and Garnache, has plenty of character on the layered nose and smooth palate. Smoke, cured meats, strawberry, cranberry and leather make up an eclectic mix of aromas for the developed bouquet. The dry palate will open up beautifully when decanted properly, producing an array of flavours, similar to the nose, with added bitter chocolate, ripe red fruit and savoury spice notes. The tannins are fine and well balanced with good acidity resulting in a silky texture and long finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or with a spiced-up Sunday roast. Drink 2012-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012 IconWines.ca


  1. Definitely meaty! Picked up a bottle recently on your recommendation and must agree wholeheartedly with the smoke and cured meat aromas. I'd be very curious to see how it ages beyond 2012, as the balance and character give it lots of potential.

  2. I’ve got one squirreled away to see how it ages… don’t want to wait too long though.