Chateau Bel Air

Château Bel Air is in Cussac, on the outskirts of Saint-Julien Beychevelle and on the banks of the Gironde. This Haut-Médoc cru bourgeois was acquired by the Martin family in 1980 and, although it is in a less renowned appellation, the vineyard has the same attentions and care lavished upon it as the family's estates in Saint-Julien. The 34 hectares of vineyards have an average vine age of 30 years. The soil is made up of fine gravelly ridges and most of the subsoil is blue clay. The grapes are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. All of the grapes are hand harvested and vinified traditionally, in temperature-regulated stainless steel vats, with a long final maceration process. The wine is aged 12 months in barrique, 25% new.

Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

VINEYARD

Soil : Composed of gravel over a blue clay subsoil

Surface : 34 hectares Average age of the vineyard : 30 years

Location : The vineyard is located in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, a commune
bordering Saint-Julien de Beychevelle, facing the Gironde River.

Grape varieties : 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon / 23 % Merlot / 2 % Cabernet
Franc

VINIFICATION

Manual harvest. Classical vinification in thermo-regulated stainless
steel vats.

Reviews:

"Features dark, roasted alder and mesquite notes mixed together, followed by juicy layers of linzer torte, blackberry pâte de fruit and plum sauce. The long, anise-framed finish displays a serious graphite spine for length and definition. Best from 2014 through 2020." ~ 91, Wine Spectator 2013

Price: Fl $224, 3cs $200, 5cs $192 10cs $180