Château Villa Bel-Air
Château Villa Bel-Air ( Famille JM Cazes) - AOC Graves
White,AOC Graves
50% Sauvignon, 50% Sémillon
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
After pressing, the white is fermented in oak barrels at low temperature. Fermented in barrels and aged on yeast lees, 30% of them in new wood.
Tasting notes
Villa Bel-Air blanc has a beautiful density and the texture is pleasantly supported by a nice acidity. The wine is both consistent and persistent with real consistency between the deep, expressive nose and a fleshy and unctuous mouth. The palate expresses aromas of peaches, Mirabelle plums, lilacs and exotic fruits, gradually revealing subtle notes of pineapple juice. The 2020 vintage then evolves with notes of orange zest which bring a light and invigorating (refreshing) bitterness, a beautiful presence throughout the t
Food pairing
It will perfect with Grilled fish, Poultry with mushrooms sauce, Comté cheese
Aging potential
Grape varieties
50% Sauvignon, 50% Sémillon
Press
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
201890 IWC (International Wine Cellar)
90
2018
Citrus, apple and gooseberry nose. Bright vibrant acidity with long layers.
IWC (International Wine Cellar)
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30900 Nîmes - FRANCE
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