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Château Bel Air Haut-Médoc 2011

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Chateau Bel Air is in Cussac, on the outskirts of Saint-Julien Beychevelle and on the banks of the Gironde. This Haut-Médoc cru bourgeois was acquired by the Martin family in 1980 and, although it is in a less renowned appellation, the vineyard has the same attentions and care lavished upon it as the family's estates in Saint-Julien, Chateau Gloria and Chateau Saint Pierre. The 34 hectares of vineyards have an average vine age of 30 years. The soil is made up of fine gravelly ridges and most of the subsoil is blue clay. VINEYARD Soil : Composed of gravel over a blue clay subsoil Surface : 34 hectares Average age of the vineyard : 30 years Location : The vineyard is located in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, a commune bordering Saint-Julien de Beychevelle, facing the Gironde River. Grape varieties : 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon / 23 % Merlot / 2 % Cabernet Franc VINIFICATION Manual harvest. Classical vinification in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Ageing for 12 months in barrels, with 25% new. AWARDS Wine Spectator 91 Points

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Chateau Bel Air is in Cussac, on the outskirts of Saint-Julien Beychevelle and on the banks of the Gironde. This Haut-Médoc cru bourgeois was acquired by the Martin family in 1980 and, although it is in a less renowned appellation, the vineyard has the same attentions and care lavished upon it as the family's estates in Saint-Julien, Chateau Gloria and Chateau Saint Pierre. The 34 hectares of vineyards have an average vine age of 30 years. The soil is made up of fine gravelly ridges and most of the subsoil is blue clay. VINEYARD Soil : Composed of gravel over a blue clay subsoil Surface : 34 hectares Average age of the vineyard : 30 years Location : The vineyard is located in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, a commune bordering Saint-Julien de Beychevelle, facing the Gironde River. Grape varieties : 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon / 23 % Merlot / 2 % Cabernet Franc VINIFICATION Manual harvest. Classical vinification in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Ageing for 12 months in barrels, with 25% new. AWARDS Wine Spectator 91 Points

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