Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Bel Air Pomerol Chateau Bel Air Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairings. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol History, Overview

Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol is one of the lesser known estates in Pomerol, even though it dates back to at least the late 1800’s. Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol is owned by the Melet family under the name of Vignobles Sudrat Melet, which combines the names of the current owner with the family name that first purchased Chateau Bel-Air in 1914, the Sudrat family. At the time of the purchase in 1914, the estate was known as Chateau Sudrat-Boussaton.

At one point in time, there was a sizable amount of Malbec planted in the vineyard, which has long since been removed and was replaced with Merlot. This probably took place after the great frost of 1956.

The Melet family own other vineyards including Chateau Beausejour in the Fronsac appellation. At one point in the 1990’s, they retained Michel Rolland as their consultant.

Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 13.11 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol is planted to 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is sand with gravel soils.

The vineyard, which is quite large for the tiny region of Pomerol, is located not too far from Chateau Feytit Clinet, Chateau Bourgneuf, Chateau La Cabanne and Chateau Clinet. The vines are placed on both sides of the A89 highway.

So you have a disparity of terroir here, making uniform ripening not always possible. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,000 vines per hectare.

The wine of Chateau Bel Air is vinified in traditional cement vats. The wine is aged in a combination of barrels and vats that equates to about 33% new, French oak barrels, 33% in tank and the remainder in one year old barrels for about 12 months, depending on the character and style of vintage.

There is a second wine, L’Ermitage de Bel-Air. The production is quite large for Pomerol with an of average of close to 5,500 cases of wine per vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Bel Air Pomerol, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Bel Air Pomerol can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Bel Air Pomerol is usually better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Bel Air Pomerol offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-12 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Bel-Air is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Bel Air Pomerol is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.

Château Bel-Air Wine Tasting Notes

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2018Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)87

Floral, forward, medium bodied with a licorice infused, red plum profile, there is not a lot of weight or complexity here but it will be pleasant in its youth. 86-88 Pts

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2017Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)86

Truffle, black cherry and just a hint of cocoa can be discerned in the nose and on the palate. The wine is medium bodied, simple and perfect for early drinking.

1,083 Views   Tasted
2016Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)87

Delicate, feminine, soft and approachable, a nice Pomerol for early drinking pleasure.

1,306 Views   Tasted
2015Château Bel-Air Cuvée Jean Gabriel  (Lussac-St. Émilion)88

With 40% of the blend devoted to Cabernet Franc and the remaining 60 to Merlot the wine is forward, medium bodied shows its floral and cherry character easily. The soft, round wine leaves you with sweet, dark cherries, espresso and licorice.

1,141 Views   Tasted

Medium/full bodied, with a fresh, floral and dark cherry character, round, polished textures and a fruity finish. The wine, a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc is a parcel selection of the estates best vines.

1,835 Views   Tasted 88
2015Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)87

Medium-bodied, fruity and better than in previous vintages, despite that pesky herbal note in the end that leap frogs the plummy fruits and permeates the finish. 86 - 88 Pts

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2014Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)83

Medium bodied, and almost light, the wine is bright, fresh and on the crisp, red berry side, with earthy accents. Simple in nature, this will be best in its youth.

1,482 Views   Tasted
2013Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)83

Light, polite and a bit tart with its red berries and light, dry finish. 82-84 Pts

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2012Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)86

Medium bodied, fresh, bright, open and with a core of red cherry fruit, there is an earthy side that comes through this wine, which will be best on the young side.

1,090 Views   Tasted
2011Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)86

From 100% Merlot planted in 6 hectares situated close to Trotanoy, the wine is aged in 20% new oak. The wine is soft textured, medium bodied and has a cherry-dominated personality. 86-88 Pts

2,668 Views   Tasted
2010Château Bel-Air  (Pomerol)85

Quaffable Pomerol, with an earthy, black cherry personality, medium body and a dusty, cherry finish.

2,979 Views   Tasted