Chateau Bellevue St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Bellevue History, Overview

Chateau Bellevue in St. Emilion is known to have great terroir. The ancient Romans were aware of this. In fact, when walking the vineyards, it’s easy to spot remains of the original plantings left by ancient Roman vintners. The rebirth Chateau Bellevue begins in the 17th century. At that time, the Fief de Bellevue, became the owner. As was the custom of the day, he renamed the Bordeaux vineyard using his name. Chateau Bellevue changed hands in the 1930’s, when the vineyard was purchased by the de Conink family along, with the Pradel de Lavaux family as a joint venture.

Starting with the 2000 vintage at Chateau Bellevue, the dynamic duo of Bordeaux, Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt were hired to turn the estate around. That was the first vintage in ages showing how good Chateau Bellevue could be. In late 2007, a 50% stake in the 5.90 hectare vineyard of Chateau Bellevue was purchased by the de Bouard family, owners of Chateau Angelus , which is located almost adjacent to the property. Since the time, Hubert de Bouard began calling the shots. Once Hubert de Bouard took charge, he instituted top to bottom renovations for the wine making facilities, chateau and vineyards of Chateau Bellevue. The labels on the bottles were updated as well. This was to compliment the changes in the vineyards and chateau.

Ironically, the de Bouard family had an opportunity to purchase the Right Bank property several decades earlier. But due to difficult economic conditions at the time, they did not buy it when it was first offered. Following the recent acquisition of the property, a complete, top to bottom renovation of Chateau Bellevue took place in the St. Emilion vineyards as well as in the cellars, reception area and wine making facilities. The de Bouard family own other estates in the Right Bank including; Chateau La Fleur de Bouard in Lalande de Pomerol , and Chateau de Francs in the Cotes de Francs appellation.

Chateau Bellevue Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking

The 6 hectare vineyard of Chateau Bellevue is planted to 100% Merlot , Previously, there was a minor, 2% portion of the vineyard that was planted to Cabernet Franc . But those vines were ripped out in 2015. Interestingly, several years before that, the estate had even more Cabernet Franc planted in the vineyards. But those vines were also removed in favor of Merlot.

The terroir is clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is on the plateau of a slope, next to Chateau Beausejour Duffau , with a south facing exposure. Chateau Bellevue is also located exactly across the road from Angelus. The vines are on average, 40 years of age. Chateau Bellevue is one of the few estates in Saint Emilion with 100% Merlot in their vineyard. Chateau Bellevue is also one of the oldest vineyards in the Right Bank. In fact, the ancient Roman ruins found throughout the soil, make it difficult to plant in some areas, as the remains are protected by law and cannot be disturbed. However, this makes it an amazing walk as your stroll through the vineyards of Chateau Bellevue, as the remains are easy to see scattered about in the soil. To get an even better understanding of their terroir, visit the limestone caves located under the chateau.

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Hubert de Bouard refers to the estate as the Petrus of St. Emilion, due to it’s high concentration of Merlot. Chateau Bellevue is a labor intensive wine to make. After the fruit is hand harvested from their Saint Emilion vineyards, the grapes are taken to the reception area and placed on four sorting tables. Vinification of Chateau Bellevue takes place in a combination of cement and oak tanks. Each block is fermented separately. In 2009, for the first time, 40% of the wine was micro-vinified, meaning that those grapes were fermented in barrel. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak. The wine of Chateau Bellevue is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. Sur lies aging takes place in barrel for the first six months of the aging process.

Chateau Bellevue produces on average about 1,500 cases of wine per year. There is a second wine , La Caze Bellevue.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Bellevue with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Bellevue 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. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Chateau Bellevue is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Bellevue is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

Château Bellevue Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. The essence of a mineral-driven wine, with salty tannins, fresh, dark, plums, juicy, black cherry, anise and chocolate, this wine is silky, crisp and fresh. The wine was made from 100% Merlot.

      93 points - Tasted
  2. 2014 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. With a touch of fresh-brewed espresso, earth and plums, this wine is forward, soft and open. Made from 100% Merlot, there is a nice touch of ripe red and black cherries in the finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2013 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Using 100% Merlot, there is an earthy smoke, licorice and black cherry quality to this forward-styled, medium-bodied, open wine. 89-91 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Peppery, spicy, herbs and cherries open to a soft, forward, medium bodied, easy to drink, fresh, Merlot dominated, soft, chocolate, plummy wine.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. With its typical blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine pops with licorice, blackberry jam, truffle and stone aromatics. Ripe, sweet, lush and polished with good depth of flavor and a sweet, jammy blackberry personality, due to its high Merlot content, the wine is quite successful this year. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  5. 2011 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Chocolate covered black raspberries, smoke, licorice and espresso notes open to a medium bodied, fresh, black cherry, plum and mineral driven wine.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. With an assemblage the same as the cepage at 98% Merlot and a bit of Cabernet Franc, this wine is inky in color. With licorice, smoke, coffee, graphite, boysenberry, truffle and earth, the wine is plush, sexy and concentrated with sweet, ripe, dark, polished boysenberry. 92-94 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
  6. 2010 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Juicy ripe plums, coffee bean, licorice and earthy notes pair perfectly with the round textures, sensation of minerality and the plush, black cherry and cocoa filled finish.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. 2010 Bellevue 98% Merlot with the remaining smidgeon Cabernet Franc, this wine comes from the recently acquired property located across the street from Chateau Angelus. Hubert de Bouard thinks the terroir is as good, or better than much of the Angelus terroir. This opaque colored wine shows a perfume of licorice, minerality and spice. Rich, opulent textures concentrated with ripe spicy fruit, the wine ends with boysenberry, chocolate, mineral and fennel. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  7. 2009 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Coffee bean, licorice, blackberry, smoke, stone and chocolate scents create the perfume. Lush, round and soft in texture, the wine ends with a blast of licorice, cocoa and black cherries.

      92 points - Tasted
    2. Licorice, truffle, smoke, earth and blackberry jam scents open to a rich, soft, low acid St. Emilion with freshness, stone and deep, ripe berries.

      93 points - Tasted
    3. With jam, coffee, stone and ripe black and blue fruit scents, this soft, round and opulently textured wine shows a touch of heat in the sweet, fruit filled finish.

      92 points - Tasted
    4. 2009 Bellevue comes from recently acquired property across the street from Angelus. Hubert de Bouard thinks the terroir is as good as much of the Angelus terroir. if not better. The inky colored wine, with its potent black raspberry, licorice, floral, and stone aromas, is enticing. Made from 99% merlot, it is full bodied, concentrated, and opulent. Low in acidity, the wine fills your mouth with dark berry flavors. 93-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
  8. 2008 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. The wine has firmed up over the past 12 months and is currently a bit tight. It requires effort and air to open and find its licorice, black cherry and crushed stone driven qualities. I'd let it sleep for at least 5 more years before popping a bottle.

      90 points - Tasted
  9. 2004 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Better on the nose, with its earthy, thyme and cherry profile, than on the crisp, tannic, red berry and olive palate.

      88 points - Tasted
  10. 2000 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru St. Émilion Grand Cru.

    1. Filled with black raspberry, ripe plum, fresh herbs and crushed stone aromatics. Soft, supple, fresh and filled with perfectly ripe dark fruit, this is developing nicely.

      94 points - Tasted