Château Bel-Air Ortet

Saint-Estèphe - 2012

Real craftsmanship is accomplished in this tiny vineyard... Step by step, on this unique terroir, is it possible to produce a wine of truly rare power and generosity? Each new vintage delivers a great classic. The vineyard of Château Bel-Air Ortet, situated up against the village of Saint-Estèphe, benefits from an essentially gravely and remarkably well-drained sub-soil. Its wines with their deep tannins are full-bodied and harmonious. As with all the truly great wines from Saint-Estèphe, a few years in the cellar will enhance all their outstanding qualities.

The Vineyard

Location : Saint-Estèphe
Terroirs : Gravelly hilltops
Surface area : 3,5 hectares
Planting density : 8000 Vine / ha
Yield : 52 hl / ha
Grape varieties : Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot
Average age of the vine : 25 years

The wine

Blend : 52% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vinification : Cold maceration for a 4 days then still fermentation for 32 days at 27°C.
Ageing : Put into barrels as soon as the fermentation is finished, ageing in French barrels for 12 months, 35% new barrels
Ageing potential : Ready to drink now, this wine will reach its full potential around 2020/2022.
Tasting : A magnificent shimmering colour is accompanied by a complex, subtle nose that reveals notes of charred wood mingled with black fruit in brandy. This wine can be drunk now but the tightly structured tannins guarantee a good capacity to age.
Food pairing : Enjoy with red and white meat and also with soft cheese.

Awards

  • Silver, Concours Général Agricole de Paris, 2014
  • Silver, Concours des Grands Vins de France Mâcon, 2014
  • Silver, Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine, 2014
  • 91 Pts, Wine Enthusiast, 2016

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