2009 Château Bellegrave, Pomerol
“We obtain a beautiful expression of the terroir, and Bellegrave is the reference with its style respectful of nature and its brilliant expression of fruit in the wine. 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Very expressive, open, bright nose, red fruits, rose, raspberry, very fine. The palate confirms the fruit, with freshness, elegance, satiny flesh, velvety tannins. The style we love about Bellegrave.” – Jean-Christophe ESTEVE
“Dark color and good intensity. The nose is fruity, smoky. The palate appears finely pulpy, very fruity, with a normal and pleasant body. Medium length with soft tannins.” – Jean-Marc QUARIN, The independent guide for lovers of Bordeaux wines
Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Region: Pomerol, Bordeaux
Château Bellegrave is located in the south-west of Pomerol and has been in the hands of the Bouldy family for more than 60 years. The 11 hectare vineyard has had organic certification since 2012. The soil is essentially gravel while the subsoil is composed of gravel and clay. The wines from this domaine are typical of the appellation, marrying finesse with power and elegance.
Harvests at Château Bellegrave have always been carried out by hand, a practice that has become even more important today in the context of organic growing. The harvest is of course done plot by plot, and the order in which the rows are tackled is based on the final ripening threshold. Technology is incorporated via very sophisticated sorting tables, allowing undesirable leaves, stems and seeds to be removed. The gently trodden grapes are then left to ‘naturally’ ferment and macerate in temperature-controlled vats for better temperature regulation.
Maturation takes place in vats made of Allier oak, specifically from the Forest of Tronçais, a very fine-grained wood that provides delicate spice notes to the wine (without dominating its aromas) and supports its maturation process until it is bottled around 20 months later. Simple!
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