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Chateau Bellefont Belcier History, Overview
Chateau Bellefont Belcier dates back to the seventeenth century as an estate. The vineyard was officially founded in the middle of the eighteenth century by Count Louis Francois de Belcier, which as you can guess, is where the estate took the first part of its name from.
In 1803, the Count constructed the chateau that remains in use today. The Count was also responsible for giving the estate the first part of its name, Bellefont.
Bellefont, or Belle Fontaine, which is translated into beautiful fountains was inspired from the numerous natural springs that littered the area. From there, what we know of today as Chateau Bellefont Belcier was born.
The family sold Chateau Bellefont Belcier in 1871 to Pierre Faure. Pierre Faure is responsible for building and designing the estate’s unique, circular vat house. Rumors persist that the ornate iron work was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.
During the 1960’s Chateau Bellefont Belcier was owned by cousins of François Mitjavile, who owns the neighboring Tertre Roteboeuf. Back in the early 1960’s the wine was sold under the name of Le Tertre.
This is important because the wine of Le Tertre was made in the cellars of Bellefont Belcier for several years during the decade of the 60’s.
Things changed in 1994 when the Labusquire family, descendants of Pierre Faure, sold the estate to a partnership between three families headed by; Jacques Berrebi, Alain Laguillaumie and Dominique Hebard. The new owners invested heavily in the vineyards, where they added terraces to their slopes.
By the time September, 2012 rolled around, Chateau Bellefont Belcier, which had been offered for sale for years, was sold to a group of Chinese investors.
That sale marked the first purchase of a Bordeaux classified growth by a Chinese citizen. Chateau Bellefont Belcier was next purchased by the Wang Songwei 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 over 2,000,000 Euros per hectare, which set a record for a Grand Cru Classe’ property at the time. Emmanuel de Saint Salvy was retained as the longtime director of Chateau Bellefont Belcier.
Under the direction of Emmanuel de Saint Salvy, the wine making facilities and cellars were completely renovated. The new, circular shaped cellars, with its naturally lit, domed ceiling made it much easier to work in.
In 2015, the property changed hands again with it was sold to John Renos, who did not remain as the owner for very long.
In fact, in 2017, Peter Kwok, the owner of Chateau Tour Saint Christophe and 7 other Right Bank vineyards purchased the property from John Renos. One of the first directives from the new owner, Peter Kwok was a complete renovation of the chateau.
Chateau Bellefont Belcier Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The remainder of the property is devoted to greenery, parkland, gardens, a swimming pool and there is also a tennis court. This could be the only Bordeaux chateau and vineyard with their own tennis court.
The vines average 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a density of 7,200 vines per hectare. The property rests on the south facing Cote Pavie slopes in Saint Emilion.
The vineyard is situated not from Chateau Pavie and just east of Chateau Larcis Ducasse, which is its closest neighbor. Chateau Troplong Mondot, Chateau La Mondotte and Tertre Roteboeuf are also just around the corner. The village of Saint Emilion is only a few minutes away by car.
The terroir is clay and limestone soil. However, the terroir and quality of the soils vary here, with their best parcels placed on the top of the slopes in the limestone, rich soils.
They have also parcels with more sand at the bottom of the slopes, close to actual chateau. The vines are planted to a density ranging from 6,000 and 8,000 vines per hectare. The higher levels of vine density are found in the newer plantings.
To produce the wine of Bellefont Belcier, the grapes are vinified in traditional, long, cement vats that are arranged in a unique, circular pattern.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is then aged for between 18 and 24 months in 80% new, French oak barrels before bottling.
The amount of time in oak during the aging process varies, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. There is a second wine, Marquis de Bellefont. The estate is consulted by Michel Rolland. Jean-Christophe Meyrou is the director.
The wines of Chateau Bellefont Belcier have continued improving, especially since the 2000 vintage.
However, it’s important that 2015, 2016 and 2018 each showed increases in quality with 2018 leading the pack!
The best vintages of Chateau Bellefont Belcier are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005 and 2000.
When to Drink Chateau Bellefont Belcier, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Bellefont Belcier can be enjoyed early. However, the wine is often better with at least a few years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.
Chateau Bellefont Belcier is usually best enjoyed in the first 10-20 years after the vintage, when it is at full maturity. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Bellefont Belcier with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips
Chateau Bellefont Belcier is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Bellefont Belcier is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Bellefont Belcier is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Bellefont-Belcier Wine Tasting Notes
15 Vintages 54,156 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers, crushed rocks, ripe, fresh stony fruits, silky textures and elegance. There is volume, refinement, length and character found here from start to finish. The wine was made from blending 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14.3% alcohol. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak casks with 10% of the harvest being aged in amphora. 95-97 Pts
1,758 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The first vintage for new owner Peter Kwok is deep in color. The medium/full bodied, fresh, bright, black cherry, licorice and chocolate filled wine offers soft textures, freshness and minerality in the finish. The wine was made from blending 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
1,793 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers, smoke, licorice, espresso, blackberry and plum are at the core of this wine. And so is the soft, silky tannins, freshness and juiciness in all the fruit. It is going to take time to allow the oak to integrate. So, be prepared to wait 8-10 years before pulling a cork. But the quality is there, so it is going to be worth the wait. The wine was made from a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
759 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
The last vintage for the previous owners is just super. The wine is soft, sexy, polished, ripe and vibrant, with a strong floral note, that adds to all the ripe, dark red berries, licorice and earthy notes.
2,338 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Almost opaque in color, the wine is smoky, floral and fruity. There is a profundity of flavor, purity of fruit, freshness and complexity. From a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the alcohol reached 15% with no sensation of heat. The harvest took place between October 11 and October 22. This wine is a big step up for the estate and is clearly the best wine they have ever produced.
2,276 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Soft, elegant, fresh and stony, with a nice floral component, while still just a baby, it's easy to see how this is going to develop, with its wealth of fresh, ripe, sweet fruit, licorice, smoke and earthy polished nuances. By the time this hits 7-10 years of age, it's going to be in the sweet spot.
9 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2019
The blend of flowers and truffle on the nose gets you going. The fruit is ripe, sweet, round and soft. There is freshness, elegance and loads of ripe juicy, fresh fruits from start to finish. This is a good wine, giving the equally strong 2016 a run for the money However, things should get even better here, as the winery was recently sold to Peter Kwok, who already owns numerous, Right Bank vineyards. Stay tuned!
3,296 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
The floral notes are strong here. They remain with you alongside the sweet ripe, cherries, licorice and cocoa. The wine is silky, medium/full bodied, and finishes with sweet, ripe, fresh, juicy plums and licorice. This is a very good wine, and gives the equally strong 2016 a run for the money However, things should get even better here, as the winery was recently sold to Peter Kwok, who already owns numerous, Right Bank vineyards. Stay tuned!
2,555 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
With an attention seeking nose of flowers, cherries, licorice and cocoa, the medium/full bodied, silky, soft textured wine leaves you with sweet, ripe, fresh, juicy plums and licorice. This is a very good wine, perhaps the best produced here yet. However, things should get even better here, as the winery was recently sold to Peter Kwok, who already owns, numerous, Right Bank vineyards.
2,625 Views Tasted Nov 22, 2017
Not quite at the level of the 2016, this is still a beauty. There is just the right blend of smoky, ripe, polished, earthy fruits, thyme, silky tannins and earth to get you excited.
1,925 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
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.
1,826 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, smoke and round, polished black cherries with a soft, forward, sweet cherry finish. 89-91 Pts
1,914 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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
2,382 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
1,655 Views Tasted Nov 8, 2015
Medium-bodied with licorice, black cherry liqueur and licorice finish. 89-91 Pts
1,766 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
2,271 Views Tasted Feb 20, 2014
|2010||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
3,327 Views Tasted Nov 17, 2014
|2009||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
3,615 Views Tasted Jan 17, 2013
|2008||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Just about there. Licorice, juicy plums, cherries, smoke, espresso bean and earthy aromas meld perfectly with the medium/full bodied, fresh, round, sweet, red berry fruits in the finish.
2,581 Views Tasted Oct 4, 2017
|2006||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Firm tannins, crisp, bright, red fruits and complex nose of earth, cherries and tobacco accompany the medium bodied, palate presence. This is drinking at peak today.
1,891 Views Tasted Nov 15, 2017
|2005||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
7,338 Views Tasted Oct 10, 2011
|2000||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, elegant, soft, polished, medium bodied, refined expression of St. Emilion that is complicated with the addition of truffle, tobacco, plum, cherry and fresh thyme. Popped and poured, this is in the right place today.
2,356 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2016
|1998||Château Bellefont-Belcier (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, medium bodied, earthy, red berry dominated charmer with a touch of herbs, tobacco and wet earth that rides along with the soft, cherry fruits.
1,900 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2018