Chateau De Bel 750 ml • 2014 •

country: France / region: Bordeaux / style: Wine / size: 750 ml / vintage: 2014 / sku: 80140280
Wine Enthusiast   88 Points
Reg. $15.99 $12.99
DESCRIPTION:
...When my wife and I acquired Château de Bel, we had only 4.5 hectares around the property and 90% was Merlot and old Cabernet Franc by that time. With my father-in-law’s help we bought nearby plots and extended our property to 8 hectares. The surface area can be considered as small in Bordeaux but it allows me to stay close from the work done in both vineyards and cellar.

We started our vineyards’ restructuration in 2005 by cutting off the old vines less interesting as they were planted during the 60’s and 70’s, when wine culture was more about quantity than quality. Today, I can say that old vines don’t mean quality in the Bordeaux appellation. I decided to slowly renew and diversify the vineyard by planting high quality Merlot and especially Cabernet Franc which is one of my favorite varieties, inevitable if you want to produce fresher wines, more digestible and with a lower alcohol content. I also realize tests on smaller surfaces with Malbec (also called Côt, or Pressac) and Chenin Blanc, known for their historical reputation in the region...
SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRING:
Barbeque
Beef
Duck
Game
Appetizers
Pork

Ratings

Wine Enthusiast   88 Points
WEWine Enthusiast: 88 points
Minty aromas reflect the new wood that was used to age this wine. Its red berry fruitiness recalls the vintage while its firm tannins will allow it to age for several years. It comes from the western end of the Entre-deux-Mers region. Drink from 2019.