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Chateau de Bellevue, Lussac-Saint Emilion 2009
France / Red

Chateau de Bellevue, Lussac-Saint Emilion 2009

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Tannins

Notes from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant:

The good-natured proprietor of the Château de Bellevue, André Chatenoud, seems more at home in his cellars than anywhere else.  Though he and his family have owned the property since 1971, the history of the château dates back to at least the 18th Century.  One needs only to explore the incredible limestone caves and see the rich range of old graffiti engravings to be impressed: from harvest workers of the 1700s to American G.I.’s of the 1940s, so many of its visitors have been eager to mark their place in time through the walls of this small yet refined estate.  Like other châteaux of the region, the winery is adorned with the elegant architecture of the era - the “chartreuse bordelaise.” This typical 18th century edifice is built in a U-shape, using quarried stone from under the vineyard.  It is very practical: you make a living from the upper layers of soil and build your house from the deeper limestone.

Lussac St-Émilion is found on the Right Bank of the Bordelais, and is often regarded as a “satellite” appellation of St-Émilion.  The terroir here is characterized by exceptional quality – only surprising because the great, low prices here at Bellevue stand to shift the perceptions of what good Bordeaux should cost.  All twelve hectares of the clay and limestone vineyards are farmed organically and were certified through the French agency, Ecocert in 2002.  All grapes are de-stemmed and only native yeasts are used. Wines are aged in the subterranean cellars for two years before bottling. 

Country
France
Sub-Region
Lussac Saint Emilion
Region
Bordeaux
Varieties
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Farming
Organic
Soil
Clay, limestone
Winemaking
Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks. Aged in French oak barrels (20% new) with an additional 2 years in bottle before release.