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Chateau Belgrave History, Overview
Chateau Belgrave started out life under the name of Chateau Coutenceau. The name changed to Chateau Belgrave in the early part of the 20th century. Stepping back in time, as you will see, what we know of as Chateau Belgrave was not always a vineyard. In fact, under King Louis XIV, it was originally used as a hunting lodge. The art work on the label is to remind you that in its past, the estate was used as a hunting lodge. The modern era for Chateau Belgrave began when it was renamed by an English owner that was living in Belgravia, London. As you can see, the home in England became the inspiration for the name Chateau Belgrave.
Chateau Belgrave is situated in Haut Medoc, just west of Beychevelle in St. Julien. It is also next door to Chateau Lagrange, which is also in St. Julien. Just a few meters further and it could have been in St. Julien. The Left Bank chateau is managed by Dourthe, who is owned by the large negociant CVGB. Dourthre began leasing Chateau Belgrave in 1979. The lease was renegotiated in 2000. This allowed Dourthe to maintain control of the estate until at least 2025.
The wine making facilities of Chateau Belgrave were renovated in 2004, allowing for more of a parcel by parcel approach to vinification. Starting in 1990, they changed their farming techniques for Chateau Belgrave, moving closer to a cleaner form of vineyard management with the elimination of all chemical fertilizers and limiting the use of pesticides, along with harvesting riper fruits and seeking lower yields. In 1993, a major renovation of the wine making facilities and cellars took place.
Chateau Belgrave Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The large, 59 hectare, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Belgrave has a terroir of deep gravel with clay, sand and limestone deposits in the soils. The vineyard is planted to 50% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. This represents a change in the vineyard, with Merlot vines being added and the Cabernet Franc has been removed. The plan is to continue to slowly phase out the remaining Cabernet Franc vines over time. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 6,500 vines per hectare up to 10,000 vines per hectare, depending on the parcel.
The wine of Chateau Belgrave is vinified in a combination of temperature controlled vats of stainless steel and wood vats. This breaks down to 33 stainless steel and 6 are wood vats. The wine of Chateau Belgrave is aged in 40% to 60% new, French oak barrels, depending on the character and style of the vintage. Chateau Belgrave is consulted by Michel Rolland.
On average, Chateau Belgrave produces close to 20,000 cases of Bordeaux wine per year. They also make a second wine, Diane de Belgrave which made its debut in 1978. Close to 8,500 cases per year are produced of the second wine. The second wine, Diane de Belgrave, takes its name from Diane, the Goddess of hunting, as a hommage to the estates past, when it was used as a hunting lodge.
Chateau Belgrave is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 -2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. The wine will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. The red wine of Chateau Belgrave is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Belgrave is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Belgrave Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Deep in color with licorice, cigar box and blackberry, this wine has plenty of crisp, sweet, dark red fruits and tannins in the finish – clearly a contender for the best vintage Belgrave has ever produced.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 597 Views
2015 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Firm, classic and serving up, fresh, crunchy, red fruits, cassis and cranberry, with tobacco and spice, this blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot finishes with dusty tannins and crisp red fruit in the end notes. 88 – 90 Pts
Apr 26, 2016points - Tasted 1134 Views
2014 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Boasting dark fruits and firm tannins, this wine has a forward personality filled with smoke, tobacco, black cherry, earth and cassis. 89-91 Pts
Apr 21, 2015points - Tasted 2513 Views
2013 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Lean, bright red fruits are accompanied by spice and coffee in this forward wine. 84-86 Pts
Apr 23, 2014points - Tasted 2426 Views
2012 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Medium bodied, with red plums and cherry fruits, the wine offers a light, currant and herb finish. 87-89 Pts
Apr 23, 2013points - Tasted 3911 Views
2011 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Spice, cedar, cranberry and cassis scents, soft and approachable, this medium-bodied, tannic wine ends with bright crème de cassis. 86-88 Pts
Apr 8, 2012points - Tasted 2645 Views
2010 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Belgrave uses 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc in this vintage. Stone, cassis and hints of pepper in the nose, full-bodied with ripe tannins, structure to age and a blackberry filled finish. 89-91 Pts
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 4597 Views
2009 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Packed with spicy, black and red fruits with mineral elements, this fleshy, soft textured wine, offers a fresh, black cherry and spice filled finish. 89 Pts
Jan 26, 2012points - Tasted 4037 Views
2006 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Medium bodied, stern, crisp, classic styled wine with crunchy, red fruits, dusty tannins and an austere finish.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 2850 Views
2005 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Slightly better on the nose with its smoky, blackberry, earth and tobacco character, than on the palate, due to the rustic tannins, in the crisp, fresh, finish.
Jun 27, 2015points - Tasted 2762 Views
Black raspberry, cherry, earth, tobacco and fresh herbs in nose, medium bodied, soft in texture, the wine finishes with a bright, dark cherry and red fruit sensation.
Jan 2, 2012points - Tasted 6020 Views
2000 Château Belgrave ( Haut-Médoc)
Slightly past fully mature, drink this sooner than later for the remaining, earthy, tobacco and bright, red fruit character.
Oct 22, 2016points - Tasted 1781 Views