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Chateau Bellevue de Tayac History, Overview
Purchased by Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud in 2004, Chateau Bellevue de Tayac comes from vines located in the commune of Soussan in the Margaux appellation. The vineyard is inland, closer to the D1, and has a naturally cooler terroir, as it’s not far from the forests in the area.
While Jean Luc Thunevin is better known for all his efforts with wines from the Right Bank, mostly in St. Emilion, especially with Valandraud, Thunevin is also active as a negociant as well as a producer and consultant in the Medoc. In fact, Jean Luc Thunevin also consults another estate in the Margaux appellation, Chateau Marojallia.
As soon as Jean Luc Thunevin took over management of Chateau Bellevue de Tayac, he began renovating the vineyards and wine-making facilities. His next decision was to give the previously drab label a facelift.
The debut vintage for Thunevin sported a new, bright, modern-looking, orange-colored label. In 2014, Jean Luc Thunevin sold Chateau Bellevue de Tayac to Vincent Fabre. Jean Luc Thunevin remains as a consultant to the estate.
Chateau Bellevue de Tayac Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The small 4.5 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Bellevue de Tayac is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. The terroir has gravel over clay soil. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7.9600 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are 25 years of age.
The vinification of Chateau Bellevue de Tayac takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats for the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Interestingly, the Petit Verdot is micro-vinified in barrels.
The wine of Chateau Bellevue de Tayac is then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 16-18 months before bottling. On average, the annual production of Chateau Bellevue de Tayac is close to 1,750 cases of wine per vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Bellevue de Tayac are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Chateau Bellevue de Tayac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Bellevue de Tayac can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Bellevue de Tayac is usually better with at least 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Pibran offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Bellevue de Tayac, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Bellevue de Tayac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
The red wine of Chateau Bellevue de Tayac 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 de Tayac is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Bellevue de Tayac Wine Tasting Notes
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|2018||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
Medium-bodied, fresh, forward, soft, round, fruity and earthy with a myriad of sweet, lifted red fruits in the easy to like finish. 89 Points
1,587 Views Tasted Aug 20, 2021
|2017||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
Medium bodied and soft textured with a core of bright red fruits, this is the distinct style of an early drinking charmer. 86 Points
1,431 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
Medium-bodied, forward with softness to the tannins, you’ll find ripe, light, red fruits, flowers, spice and a touch of cherry to round things out. This is not a wine to age; it will be best in its youth. 87 Points
1,498 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
Medium-bodied, forward, soft, round, easy to like wine with a sweet, fresh, earthy, cherry-filled character. 88 Points
2,412 Views Tasted Sep 23, 2019
Fresh, red fruits paired with notes of earth and tobacco and a bit of thyme in the finish, this medium-bodied wine has an early drinking, approachable style. 86 - 88 Pts
1,772 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2016
|2014||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
This wine is approachable, fresh and filled with crunchy red berries. Stand by for a finish of earth and spice, coupled with red fruits. 86-88 Pts
1,956 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2015
|2013||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
Vanilla bean, tobacco and black raspberries are easy to find in this medium-bodied, easy-drinking, forward and oaky wine. 84 Points
2,256 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|2012||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
Oak, tobacco, some earth and dark berries open to a medium-bodied, cranberry and cherry finish. 85-87 Pts
2,564 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|2011||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
Located in the commune of Soussan in Margaux, Jean Luc Thunevin has been in charge of this estate since 2004. Forest, cedar and spice scents with cassis in the medium-weight finish. 84-86 Pts
2,075 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
|2010||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
Bellevue de Tayac Located in the commune of Soussan in Margaux, Jean Luc Thunevin has been in charge of this estate since 2004. A nose of truffle, tobacco and cassis leads into a medium bodied wine filled with jam, soft tannins, chocolate and cassis that should drink well early. 88-90 89 Points
4,772 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2011
|2009||Château Bellevue de Tayac (Margaux)|
With a nose of tobacco, earth and cassis, this medium bodied Margaux wine ends with a pleasant, spicy, fresh, crème de cassis finish. 89 Points
3,277 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2011