Chateau Bellefont Belcier St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Bellefont Belcier dates back to the seventeenth century as an estate. It was officially founded in the middle of the eighteenth century by Count Louis Francois de Belcier, which is where the estate took the first part of its name from. In 1803, the Count constructed chateau, which he named Bellefont, which gave us Chateau Bellefont Belcier. Bellefont, or Belle Fontaine which translated into beautiful fountains was inspired from the the numerous natural springs that littered the area. In 1889, Chateau Bellefont Belcier was owned by Pierre Faure. Pierre Faure is responsible for building and designing the circular vat house. Rumors persist that the ornate iron work was designed by Gustave Eiffel.

The family sold Chateau Bellefont Belcier in 1871 to Pierre Faure. During the 1960’s Chateau Bellefont Belcier was owned by cousins of the family of François Mitjavile , who still own Tertre Roteboeuf . Back in the early 1960’s the property was sold under the name of Le Tertre, which was made in the cellars of Bellefont Belcier for several years.

Things changed in 1994 when the Labusquire family, descendants of Faure sold the estate to a partnership between three families headed by, Jacques Berrebi, Alain Laguillaumie and Dominique Hebard. By the time September, 2012 rolled around, Chateau Bellefont Belcier, which had been offered for sale for years, was sold to Chinese investors. This sale marked the first purchase of a Bordeaux classified growth by a Chinese citizen. Chateau Bellefont Belcier was purchased by the Wang family from China . The Wang family have interests in several industries, including extensive mineral rights. They also own Juxin Wine & Spirits. It is rumored that the price paid was close to 2,000,000 Euros per hectare, which set a record for a Grand Cru Classe’ property.

Chateau Bellefont Belcier produces Bordeaux wine from a 20-hectare vineyard. The property rests on the south facing Côte Pavie in St. Emilion. It is situated not from Chateau Pavie and just east of Chateau Larcis Ducasse , which is its closest and most famous neighbor.

The 12.5 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyards of Chateau Bellefont Belcier are planted to 70% Merlot , 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon . The vines average 30 years of age. The terroir is clay and limestone. The vines are planted to a density of 6,000 and 8,000 vines per hectare. The wine of Chateau Bellefont Belcier is vinified in traditional, cement vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak and is aged for between eighteen and twenty four months in 80% new, French oak as well. The amount of time in oak varies, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. The wine making is consulted by Michel Rolland .

The wines have improved recently under the under the direction of co-owner and estate manager, Dominique Hébrard. Dominique also owns another small estate in St. Emilion, Château Le Trianon . His family is well known in the Right Bank , as they were previous owners of Château Cheval Blanc , before they sold it to Bernard Arnaud and Albert Frère.

Château Bellefont-Belcier Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Bellefont-Belcier

    1. With a distinctive floral nose, coupled with truffle, thyme and dark red fruits, this wine is fresh and lush with round, polished tannins in the rich finish. This is a major step up for Bellefont Belcier. From a blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, the alcohol reached 15%, with no sensation of heat. The harvest took place between October 1 and October 14.

      93 points - Tasted
  2. 2014 Château Bellefont-Belcier

    1. Licorice, smoke and round, polished black cherries with a soft, forward, sweet cherry finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2013 Château Bellefont-Belcier

    1. Medium bodied, soft and fresh, this wine shows sweet cherries and espresso, more volume, flesh and complexity than the 2012. From a blend of 77% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and is aging in 80% new, French oak. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château Bellefont-Belcier

    1. From a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is medium bodied, silky, soft and fresh with loads of ripe plums, juicy, sweet cherries and licorice. Forward in style, this will show well young.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Medium-bodied with licorice, black cherry liqueur and licorice finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  5. 2011 Château Bellefont-Belcier

    1. Surprisingly good for the vintage, this blend of 72% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon offered sweet black cherries, plums, licorice and dark chocolate. Soft, polished and forward, the end notes deliver cocoa dusted plum sensations.

      90 points - Tasted
  6. 2010 Château Bellefont-Belcier

    1. In the nose, copious notes of licorice, jammy black fruits, plum, cocoa and espresso. Rich, silky, fresh, plummy and lushly textured, this should be better and develop more complexity over the next few years. From yields of only 14 hectoliters per hectare, the wine was produced from a blend of 73% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 15.5% alcohol.

      91 points - Tasted
  7. 2009 Château Bellefont-Belcier

    1. This charming, seductive, forward wine opens with licorice, juicy plums, black cherry, jam, coffee and crushed stone. Rich, plush, round and open, this can be enjoyed young or aged for up to a decade.

      91 points - Tasted
  8. 2005 Château Bellefont-Belcier

    1. Licorice, black raspberry liqueur, minerality, coffee and floral scents pair well with the soft, round, voluptuous textures. The wine finishes with chocolate, licorice and black cherry. Give this this rich, concentrated, St. Emilion wine another 3-5 more years. For a stylish Bordeaux wine of this quality from a great vintage, this is still fairly priced.

      92 points - Tasted