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Château Belle-Vue, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2018

The wine

Owners / Managing Director : Héritiers Vincent Mulliez / Isabelle Mulliez
Estate manager : Jérôme Pineau
Technical consultant : Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen
Œnologist adviser : Christophe Coupez
Planted acreage : 14,99 ha - 6 666 vines/ha

The vintage

Between the 26th of September and the 5th of October, our Merlot grapes were harvested delivering a lovely expression of fruit and freshness. On the 12th of October, we picked up the Petit Verdot’s grape variety, signature of our property, then, between the 10th and the 17th of October, our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. For the first time, the Cabernet Franc and the Carménère varieties, harvested the 10th of October, came to perfect Château Belle-Vue 2018’s blend which becomes our first vintage gathering the 5 most iconic Medoc’s grape varieties.

Terroir

Château Belle-Vue is located in the surroundings of Macau, very close to many Medoc’s Grands Crus Classés, on a deep rough gravely soil.

In the vineyard

- H.V.E Certificate : High Environmental and Agricultural good practices acknowledgment.
- Severe pruning favouring aeration to provide an homogenous repartition of grapes. Disbudding and bud splitting. Thinning out the leaves on both sides. Cleaning up.
- Integral soil work by grass growing , to encourage the vines roots to grow deeper in order to obtain the best expression of Terroir.

Vinification

During the vinification, the extraction is done as gently as possible :
- Cold pre-ferment maceration (0 ° C) for 10 days.
- Exclusive use of release by gravity, the juice is re-send by sprinkling on to the grappa witch prevents it from destructure.
- Post-ferment maceration: 20 days on average at 28 ° C to refine the tannins.

Maturing

30% new barrels, duration : 14 months.

Varietals

Cabernet sauvignon : 48%
Merlot : 30%
Petit verdot : 20%
Cabernet franc : 1%
Carménère : 1%

Specifications

pH: 3.65
Age of vines: 38 ans
Production volume: 102 000 bottles
Alcohol content: 14 % vol.