Château Villa Bel-Air Red
Famille JM Cazes - AOC Graves
Red,AOC Graves
50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
history
Owner of Chateau Lynch-Bages since 1939, the Cazes family has, over the generations, expanded its range of vineyards and developed a true model of tourism based on a tradition of hospitality. Jean-Charles Cazes models a wine that is quickly recognized. André Cazes, the youngest of his 4 sons, studied law. It was not until the 1960s that he took over the reins of the estate. And like his father before him, his influence will be decisive. He regenerated and enlarged the vineyard, which reached nearly 100 hectares at the end of the 1990s. After studying engineering, André's son, Jean-Michel, returned to Pauillac in 1973. He was accompanied by Thereza, a Portuguese woman from Mozambique, and their first three children, Kinou, Marina and Catherine, soon to be joined by Jean-Charles. Their marriage, made official by André, then mayor of the town, laid the first stone of a resolutely cosmopolitan family history.
Vineyard
The property is perched on a magnificent gravel brow. The soil is composed of Garonne gravel, and lies on a subsoil base of clay-limestone, partly ferruginous. The terroir also benefits from an advantageous micro-climate: the surrounding pine forests protect it from bad weather, and the proximity of the Garonne River mitigates both extreme heat and excess humidity.
Winemaking
20% new wood, one-wine and two-wine barrels. Traditional vinification and long maceration (20 days) allowing gentle extraction of color and tannins.
Tasting notes
This wine has a deep, silky appearance with hints of purple, and a bouquet opening up into beautiful red fruit and spice notes. It is fresh and well-balanced on the palate, revealing rounded, silky tannins, which characterizes Villa Bel Air red wines. This wine, perfectly suitable for ageing, is already very enjoyable to drink.
Food pairing
Aging potential
Grape varieties
50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Press
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
201692 Wine Enthusiast
201690 IWSC
201690 Decanter
201688-91 Primeur tasting Wine Spectator
92
2016
This estate has produced this dense wine with still-young tannins. It is perfumed from the partial wood aging, with a firm structure that will soften. Give this wine a few more years and drink from 2022.
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast
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