Bellefont Belcier

Chais Château Belllefont Belcier

The Estate

Created in the late 18th century

Created in the late 18th century, the Bellefont-Belcier estate is wonderfully situated on Saint-Emilion’s south-facing slopes, neighbourhing Château Pavie, Château Larcis-Ducasse and Château Tertre Roteboeuf.

Château Bellefont-Belcier originally belonged to a very powerful Bordeaux family: at the end of the 18th century, the Count Louis-François de Belcier had first founded the vineyard then, at the beginning of the 19th century, he build the Château which he named Bellefont (Belle Fontaine means ‘beautiful fountain’ and is a reference to the numerous springs hidden on the hillside into which the vines plunge their roots.)

The Château came into the hands of the Faure family in the late 19th century. It was at that time that the vineyard became one of the spearheads of the Bordeaux wine region and won a great many awards (including the only gold medal awarded to Bordeaux wines at the Paris competition of 1892). It was also in that period that the vineyard and winery facilities were restructured by one of Pierre Faure's sons, an agronomist who designed the famous circular vat-house which has been kept intact ever since and is one of the jewels in the crown of the estate.

Major restructuring work in the vineyard was undertaken in 1994. Château Bellefont-Belcier was classified in 2006 as Grand Cru Classé.

Peter Kwok acquired the property in 2017.

The Terroir

South Slopes Saint-Emilion

Château Bellefont-Belcier is ideally located on the south slopes of f Saint-Laurent-des-Combes in the area of the appellation Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. The vineyard extends over 13.5 hectares in one piece. It is divided into three distinct areas: the limestone plateau, the South slope clay-limestone, the clayey-sandy parcels.

On these different types of soil, we find the three red grape varieties of Bordeaux in the following proportion: 72% Merlot, 17% of Cabernet Franc and 11% of Cabernet Sauvignon spread over 28 plots. The average age of the vines is about 35 years.

Vinification

Meticulous selection and «vinfication intégrale»

Harvest dates vary by vintage and we adapt our harvest plan down to the plot or even to the parcel based on the optimum ripeness of the berries. Our team determine when to harvest through a combination of several physiological and subjective criteria, and even tasting berries by mouth is an important step in the decision-making process. Our team select which parcel block to pick by-hand only the night before.

After a meticulous selection process on the vines and in the winery, the sorted grapes are filled into concrete tanks. Fermentations are carried out without addition of sulfur, a minimum dose will be added at the end of ageing.

Ageing

Aged in barrels

The vatting process lasts 30 days, operating a gentle extraction with pigeages in tank and stirring in barrel. The juices are tasted daily in order to protect the expression of our fruit. These tastings allow us to determine the day for the running off and pressing of the grape marcs. The resulting juice is placed then in barrels for malolactic fermentation.

Château Haut-Brisson wines are aged in the same barrels for 15 to 18 months at constant temperature in our wine cellar. Depending on the vintage year, the proportion of new oak varies between 20 to 30%, with the balance using 1 and 2 years old barrels. 

After aging, the wines are bottled at the Château.

The wines

Château Bellefont Belcier

Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

Deep garnet-purple in color. Sexy and floral character. Striking freshness to play off the rich, dark flavors. Polished tannins that adds to all the ripe red berries and liquorice. Lingering earthiness and minerality to the finish.

Château Bellefont Belcier - Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

Les Tours de Belcier

Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Discreet hints of caramel and
toasted bread. Dense ripe tannins,
concentrated and loaded with mature
fruits, crushed strawberries,
blackberries, licorice.
Good combination of elegance and
power. Despite the fact that it’s a recent
vintage, the wine has a very
good drinkability already.

Les Tours de Belcier - Saint Emilion Grand Cru
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