Our famous vintages of Lalande de Pomerol

The wines produced at Château Belles-Graves are a reflection of the earth which yields them and of the landscape from which the vines grow; they combine complexity and harmony with elegance.

Our will to respect the earth is never wavers:

– At each stage of the vine-cycle: the ground is worked using traditional methods (including hoeing and turning the soil) and organic fertilisers are employed as well as measured quantities of phytosanitary treatments.

– At each moment of the wine-making process: the harvesting is done manually, the vendages rigorously sorted, the vinification process is carried out as gently as possible and a maturation in barrels in accordance with the oldest Bordeaux tradition is facilitated. At this point, it is not only the flavour from the wood which is sought, but the slow provision of oxygen to the wine which is allowed to permeate the sides of the casks. For this process the oak is selected for the density of its grain and fineness.

From one year to the next, thanks to the dedication and care in these areas, the continuity of the earth combines with the caprices of the climate and this brings to each vintage both a reassuring continuity and something exhilarating and new.

The hand of man must at all times remain nothing more than an accompaniment, in order to respect the fickle ways of mother nature.

Vinification

The quality of the grape at the time of the harvest depends largely on the work that man dedicates to his vine, but it is ultimately nature who remains in charge of the game, and the climate and weather play an enormous role.
Between two and three weeks before the maturation of the grapes, the ripeness of the grapes is checked at the vine twice a week. This consists of removing individual grapes from each parcel of land in order to follow the evolution of 100 fruits and their sugar and acidity content.

But of course, only regular tastings hold the key to discovering the flavours they express and to follow their evolution.

The difficulty of wine production is to adapt oneself to the raw material each year, in order to bring out, in both their diversity and subtlety, the essential characteristics of the vintage and the soil particular to Belles-Graves.

When the time arrives to begin the harvest, which are still carried out manually, and where the traditional conviviality and bonhomie have not been lost, the grapes simply need to be picked and placed into baskets. The sorting in the cellar enables the separation of grapes from leaves and petioles, and finally the grapes which are damaged or passed their best.

Maturation

The process of maturation of the wine begins in the month of November, when the wine if put into barrels, the traditional barriques of the Bordeaux region (capacity of 225 litres).

All of the wine ages inside vessels made of French oak. The batches of wine are tasted beforehand to help decide the proportion of new barrels to old ones, to balance the potential of the wine. This process concerns avoiding masking the flavour natural to the grapes from this estate by the strong flavour from the wood. The flavours of the wood and of the fruit must be in balance. All though this process, tasting is our guide, and it is through our palates that we can become best involved in the wine. Just as with the vinification process, no step is carried out robotically.

The barrels furnish the wine with a very gentle micro-oxygenation which is of great benefit to it. Apart from this, the wine begins to clarify much quicker when in a smaller container, meaning there is no need to filter at the end of the maturation process.

Various operations are carried out during the maturation:

The process of racking takes place twice during the maturation, where the wine is separated from the deposit which has formed above the wine i.e. the lies. As well as this, a great deal of carbon dioxide is produced during the early stages of maturation, and this is removed during this process. Racking also allows, during the ageing process, for a small quantity of oxygen to be introduced with the wine, which improves the ageing.

The topping-up of barrels is also very important, as this allows the replenishment of wine which has evaporated naturally from the wine, as well as preventing excess oxidation which could damage the wine.

The process of adding a fining agent into the wine which is made from egg white is another important process. This enables to the wine to clarify and then to become biologically stable. The quantity of the egg white needed is determined by tasting.

Having matured for between and 12 and 15 months, the tasting of each of the batches allows us to consider the blending of the wine – to create a first wine, Château Belles-Graves and a second, Terasses de Belles-Graves, which is lighter and created to be consumed when still relatively young.

Once the blending has finished, the wine is ready to be bottled. This is the last oenological process, and it fixes irreversibly the state of the wine. For this process, we hire an assembly line which we place directly in the storage area. This allows to package our wines ourselves, to guarantee the quality.

Tasting

CHÂTEAU BELLES-GRAVES

Notre grand vin est produit par les vieilles vignes du domaine (âge moyen 40 ans), avec un assemblage de 88 % de cépage merlot, et 12 % de cépage cabernet franc.

  • Millésime 2007
    Il est parfait dès aujourd’hui, avec des tanins soyeux et souples et facile à associer avec des cuisines très variées. Bientôt épuisé.

    GUIDE GILBERT ET GAILLARD 2013 : 87/100
    Médaille d’Or Concours des Vins d’Aquitaine Bordeaux 2010,
    Médaille d’Argent Concours des Vins Vignerons Indépendants 2010.

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  • Millésime 2008
    Autre millésime pouvant être dégusté dès maintenant, dans le pur style des vins de terroir. Long et racé, aux notes de fruits noirs très mûrs et d’épices douces. Encore un beau potentiel d’évolution pour les amateurs.

    GUIDE GILBERT ET GAILLARD 2012 : 88/100
    Recommandé par le DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2011.

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  • Millésime 2011
    Très bel équilibre entre rondeur du merlot et typicité de notre terroir. Les fruits mûrs sont soutenus par une belle charpente, ferme mais sans dureté. On peut donc déguster ce vin dès aujourd’hui ou le laisser évoluer quelques années.

    Médaille d’Or GUIDE GILBERT ET GAILLARD : 86/100
    Médaille d’Argent Concours des Vins d’Aquitaine Bordeaux 2013

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  • Millésime 2012
    Générosité et séduction : un vin tout en rondeur typique du merlot. Peut s’apprécier immédiatement, ou mûrir en cave.

    Médaille d’Or GUIDE GILBERT ET GAILLARD : 88/100

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  • Millésime 2013
    Bien supérieur à la réputation de son millésime, il associe dans un style très classique finesse et équilibre. La structure est bien présente, avec élégance. Il commence à se révéler.

    Médaille d’Or GUIDE GILBERT ET GAILLARD : 86/100
    Citation Guide Hachette 2017

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  • Millésime 2014
    Notre dernier millésime mis en bouteilles, en septembre dernier. Dans la droite ligne de 2010 et 2012, il exprimera la richesse et la rondeur du merlot, associées à une belle structure équilibrée et soyeuse. A attendre.

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LES TERRASSES DE BELLES-GRAVES

Nos jeunes vignes

Ce second vin est  issu de nos jeunes vignes, et travaillé pour privilégier la fraicheur du fruit. Il est élevé en cuve, et peut être dégusté dès maintenant.

  • Millésime 2010

    Arômes de fruits rouges croquants et gourmands, avec une charpente aujourd’hui bien fondue. Il est aujourd’hui à maturité.

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  • Millésime 2014

    Une belle fraîcheur et des tanins vifs mais sans agressivité. Pour les grillades des beaux jours et les déjeuners en … terrasse !

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CUVÉE CALYPSO

Hommage au Commandant COUSTEAU

Issue de la plus vieille parcelle de merlots du domaine, arrachée en 2011 lors du début des travaux d’extension, elle offre un vin séveux marqué par son terroir.

Ce vin est aujourd’hui épuisé. Mais nous vous préparons une nouvelle cuvée spéciale sur le millésime 2015, qui sera disponible à l’automne … Patience !

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