Put your nose to the ground. (Chateau Belgrave, Bordeaux)

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Chateau Belgrave, Medoc, Bordeaux, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Chateau Belgrave is an estate in the Haut-Médoc district in Bordeaux, France. It is run by (but not owned by) one of Bordeaux's biggest négociant firms: Vins et Vignobles Dourthe CVBG (now part of the Thiénot Champagne group). It was classified as a 5e Grand Cru Classé (fifth Great Growth) in the old classification of 1855. It is one of the five Classed Growths in the Médoc that is not in a “commune” appellation (Margaux, etc…) but has the broader Haut-Medoc appellation.

Chateau Belgrave has 59 hectares of vines planted with merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. The soil has a very noticeable gravel contents similar to what is found in neighbouring Saint Julien (almost Graves-like). The vineyards are tended with great care, partially grassed. Harvest is done manually.

The vinification is done in a brand new winery and vat hall, finished just in time for the harvest in 2003. It is equipped with all the latest technology: temperature and climate control etc. Vinification is mainly done in stainless steel tanks, but some wooden vats are also used. If needed, must concentration with reverse osmosis can be used. After finishing fermentation the wines are stored in the (unusually colourful) barrel cellar in oak barriques, some of which are new, for 12 to 15 months.


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Bordeaux Medoc Chateau Belgrave - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson

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