Château Bellevue la Foret 2008
Château Bellevue La Forêt:
The history of Fronton's vineyards are tied to the history of this southwest region of France which for several centuries was governed by the Order of Saint-Jean-of Jerusalem. The Pope Calixte II had the pleasure of enjoying Fronton wine during his visit on 19 July 1119 and had this fact noted on parchment. A few years later, in 1122, traces of the importance and fame of this vineyard are note... Read more
The history of Fronton's vineyards are tied to the history of this southwest region of France which for several centuries was governed by the Order of Saint-Jean-of Jerusalem. The Pope Calixte II had the pleasure of enjoying Fronton wine during his visit on 19 July 1119 and had this fact noted on parchment. A few years later, in 1122, traces of the importance and fame of this vineyard are noted in a parchment written in Latin in a reference to the donation of Fronton wine to the Order of Saint-Jean-of-Jerusalem. Villaudric, too, has its place in history. It is mentioned in "Customs of Villaudric of 1470" which recounts an old charter probably dating back to the 12th century. The records of war brought notoriety to this region of southwest France in the 17th century. Louis XIII, During a visit to Fronton in 1632, accompanied by Cardinal de Richelieu and an entourage, consumed "numerous barrels" of this Toulouse wine. The king's minister, Cardinal de Richelieu, was on his way to wage battle at Montauban, at the time a protestant stronghold. The archives of the parish of Villaudric, a parish spared the hardships of war, tell of the visit of the Cardinal. This is not the case of the archives of neighbouring Fronton, which was the site of numerous battles during the Wars of Religion. All this leads us to believe that the vineyards of Fronton and Villaudric were united under the same appellation and that the party of Louis XIII or his minister consumed wines from both vineyards. The date of the Ban des Vendanges, the annual proclamation of the harvest, was set by the Grand Prieur, or governor. He met with his Consuls, "so that he had time to prepare the official ceremony during which he received those who lived on his fiefdom and owed him allegiance" By tradition, the Consuls gathered together on the Sunday before the harvest to review " the report of eight prud'hommes (members of the industrial tribunal) from the Consulate of Fronton who visited the vineyard to evaluate the degree of the grape's maturity. Today, these historic vineyards encompass 2,000 hectares (4,800 acres) in the southwest of France. Lying north of Toulouse, "les Côtes du Frontonnais ", is an appellation of 85 percent red and 15 percent rosé wines, classified as A.O.C. in 1975. Here, the indigenous red "négrette" grapes make up a minimum of 50 percent of the vineyard plantings. Read less
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Percentage Grape: 70% NÃ©grette, 20% Gamay, 10% Syrah<br/><br/>Alcohol Percentage: 13.4 %<br/><br/>Sugar Rate: 0-5 g/l
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