Chateau Bel-Air Wines

Chateau Bel-Air wine production

The entire production used to be dedicated to a single wine: Chateau Bel-Air. Thanks to the material and human investments made, several cuvées have emerged since the 2013 vintage :

  • Chateau Bel-Air Grand Vin; The expression of the best plots, the quintessence and the wine for keeping of the estate.

  • Château Bel-Air, classic ; The heart blend of red wines, the fruity and greedy expression you can enjoy just after bottling.

  • Chateau Bel-Air White ;The dry white wine of 7 barrels, from the Semillon plot, planted in 1954.

Chateau Bel-Air Grand vin

  • Appellation : Côtes de Bordeaux-Cadillac, red
  • Share of the total production : 10/15%,
  • Grape varieties : 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc,
  • Age of the vines : 50 years,
  • Ageing : 100% in barrels during 20 months,
  • Origin : Gravels and clay,
  • Production : 5000 bottles.

Typical tasting at maturity :

Selection of the best plots

The color is purple and very deep. The nose is abundant with blackberry fruit aromas and a touch of exotic spices.

In the mouth, the attack is linear and well structured ; the wine expresses the complexity of the soils with mineral and salted aromas, well balanced by ripe fruits. The finish is fresh, long and elegant.

Chateau Bel-Air, "Classic"

  • Appellation : Côtes de Bordeaux-Cadillac, red
  • Share of the total production : 80/85%,
  • Grape varieties : 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec,
  • Age of the vines : 25 years,
  • Ageing : 50% in tanks and 50% in barrels during 18 to 20 months,
  • Origin : limestone cliff, clay and sand,
  • Production : 2012 to 2017 vintages are available, 30 000 bottles per year.


Typical tasting at maturity :

The color is garnet-ruby, quiet deep.

The nose is rich with red fruits, strawberries, cherries. The attack is round and pleasant. In the mouth, the wine expresses density and heat. The finish is fresh with acidulous and menthol notes, with a good length

Château Bel-air, White

  • Appellation : Bordeaux white dry,
  • Share of the total production : 5%,
  • Grape varieties : 100% Semillon,
  • Origin : Semillon plots, planted in 1954 in red clay and gravels,
  • Age of the vines : 65 years,
  • Production : 2012 to 2017 vintages are available, 30 000 bottles per year.


Typical tasting at maturity
:

Lemony color, very shiny.

At the palate, the attack is progressive with freshness and a little bit of acidity. Then, the wine expresses its density thanks to its acidity. We can feel a minerality with a soft touch. The final is fresh and the palate persistent.

« Bel-Air is making solar wines »

Winemaker's word :

“Chateau Bel-Air has a lot of advantages. Its ancestral history, oceanic climate and also the diversity of its terroir are the result of the people who worked for this estate. This work keeps going nowadays, always with respect of the environment. We can find all this know-how in our wines.

At Chateau Bel-Air, we produce solar wines, well structured, full of minerality and fruits; the elegance and delicacy represent its identity : A Bordeaux Fine Wine.”

Awards & References

Château Bel-Air « Classic » : 2012 vintage : Gilbert & Gaillard GOLD, Hong Kong Cathay BRONZE ;

2013 vintage : Gilbert & Gaillard GOLD, Decanter Asia Award 85, Lyon SILVER ; 2014 vintage : Decanter 87, Wine Enthusiast 88, Lyon SILVER, Paris SILVER

LyonArgent, Paris Argent ; 2015 vintage : Lyon SILVER ; Millésime 2016 vintage : Decanter 89, Wine Enthusiast 90.