Château de Belcier is situated on a terroir with a long history, which is an extension of Saint Emilion: Côtes de Castillon, one of Bordeaux’s oldest wine regions. The 67 hectares are mostly Merlot (Saint Emilion’s king), but there is also Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Michel Rolland, the world’s most prominent oenologist, advised them.
The late-eighteenth-century Château de Belcier, once owned by a Bordeaux family linked to Montaigne, was restored in part by François de Belcier, the revolutionary guillotined in 1794.
The Château de Belcier, which dates from the 1780s and is distinguished by triangular pediments, dominates the harmonious landscapes of Salles de Castillon, which alternate woods and vineyards. The castle, which is now owned by the mutual insurance firm MACIF, has regained much of its former glory.
If you want to sample the wines of Belcier Castle when they are still young, you must decant them three or four hours before the tasting. They are at their best between the fourth and eighth years of life and can be held for ten years.
On a clay-limestone and silty clay soil, the 52-hectare vineyard is planted primarily with Merlot, the grape of choice in neighboring Saint-Emilion, but with a smaller proportion of Cabernet and Malbec.
Fermentation takes about 12 days, followed by 10 to 12 days of maceration at 28 degrees, depending on the vintage. Oak barrels are used to age the wine. The Château de Belcier also produces the Château de Monrecueil, also known as the B of Belcier, and the Pin de Belcier, a great wine. A very large cuvée is also produced by Château de Belcier in very small amounts (5000 bottles).
The Château de Belcier has received several awards in various competitions since the 1998 vintage, and most recently, the Château de Belcier participated in the Shanghai Newspaper’s CHINA Awards 2021 and won a gold medal:
CHATEAU DE BELCIER CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX 2018
LE COQ DE RAMAGE BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR 2019
Château de Belcier produces a red wine in the Bordeaux region of France. The Bordeaux Supérieur appellation produces this vintage.
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