Country: France Region: Bordeaux (St.Emilion)
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2006 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau Belair
Best Served: 16 Degrees Celsius
This estate was owned by the Dubois-Challon family since 1916, and covers 13 hectares of vines planted, predominantly, on well-drained limestone-based soils. The Château is the immediate neighbor of Ausone, situated on the south-facing slope of Saint-Emilion known as the "Côte", overlooking the distant Dordogne river. A traditional winemaking approach is adopted by Pascal Delbeck, new owner and formerly Cellar Manager of Bélair for more than 20 years, working with nature in the vineyard and adopting a minimalist intervention approach in the winery. Since June 2006, Christian Moueix is now contracted to manage Bélair for Pascal Delbeck. The result has transformed the profile when compared to previous vintages. Bélair shows signs of finding once more its former glory as one of the finest wines of St Emilion.
This is a dark wine perhaps more elegant than powerful. The currant fruit flavors drive through with prominent acidity trailing tight tannins and smoky wood. There is a delightful freshness here and a vein of almost steely minerality adding a sense of poise and elegance to the palate. This is effortless st-emilion – pure and really very good indeed.
Food Matches: Red Meat, Lamb, Chicken, Cheese