Chateau Bellevue – St Emilion Grand Cru 2016
Made from 100% Merlot and cooler limestone and clay soils, the 2016 Chateau Bellevue shows a beautiful minerality and freshness in its black raspberry, crushed rocks, graphite, and dried flower aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied, focused, and precise on the palate, with fine yet certainly present tannins. Give this beauty 3-5 years and it will cruise for two decades.
Chateau Bellevue, a Grand Cru Classe located in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation, is owned by the Pradel de Lavaux and De Boüard de Laforest families. The Angelus team has been carefully watching over its vineyard and cellars since 2007.
Covering a single block of 6.82 hectares (16.85 acres), Chateau Bellevue’s vineyard is made up solely of the Merlot grape variety. Situated on one of the finest terroirs of Saint-Emilion, and having some of the great Premiers Grands Crus Classes as its close neighbours, the vineyard stretches out seamlessly over both slopes and plateau. Chateau Bellevue enjoys stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The estate’s 2.5 hectares (6.18 acres) of grounds, which feature both Mediterranean and Atlantic plant life, offer an oasis of unique biodiversity set in the very heart of the vineyard. A stroll through this magical place allows visitors to discover a delightful 17th century chartreuse with balustrade-line terraces and a rich heritage depicting the history of Saint-Emilion’s vines and wine.