Château Villa Bel-Air
Château Villa Bel-Air ( Famille JM Cazes) - AOC Graves
Red,AOC Graves
50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
history
Located in the central part of the Graves appellation, Château Villa Bel-Air is perched at the top of a gently sloping, gravelly hillside with an ideal microclimate for vine growing. This beautiful chartreuse was built in the XVIII century by an advisor to the Bordeaux parliament, Louis Dufaure, Marquis of Lajarte. Louis was one of the era’s great architects and designed this traditional Gironde ‘’chartreuse’’. Towards the end of the XIX century, the chartreuse and its vineyards were given a new lease of life. The owner at the time, Honoré Zappa, an aesthete and wine merchant in Bordeaux, designed the beautiful gardens complete with water feature and several Italian-inspired sculptures. In 1988, the estate was bought by the Cazes family who immediately began a comprehensive restructuring of the vineyards and technical facilities. Inspired by the spirit of the property and its Italian roots, Jean-Michel Cazes gave the Château its definitive name ‘’Villa Bel-Air’’. Finally, in 2017, this beautiful 18th-century estate was bought by the family of Armand Ballande and benefits from the most advanced winegrowing techniques, while remaining true to the ancestral traditions. The team is advised by Derenoncourt Consultants and has set itself the goal of benefitting from the terroir’s exceptional capacity and continuing to deliver all its potential by producing a white and a red wine that exemplify all the finesse and complexity of Graves wines.
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
Great with grilled duck breast or lamb for meat lovers - morel risotto for vegetarians.
Aging potential
Grape varieties
50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Press
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
201990 VINOUS
201692 Wine Enthusiast
201690 IWSC
201692 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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30900 Nîmes - FRANCE
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