First references to Château Bel Air are found in the 15th century. The ancient origins of this property date back to the first hours of Médoc wines history. After several years of disputes, this "cru" was divided. In 1980, Henri Martin became the owner of the estate. The vineyard, facing the Gironde River, is located on rich soil, which routinely gives generous character, the intensity of fruit, and good color to the wine.
Soil: gravel rises over a mainly blue-clay subsoil.
Surface: 34 hectares
Location: The vineyard is located in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, near Saint-Julien de Beychevelle.
The average age of the vineyard: 30 years
Grape varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon / 23% Merlot / 2% Cabernet Franc
Ageing potential: From 5 to 10 years
Manual harvest. Traditional vinification in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats for 3 weeks. Aging for 12 months in barrels, with 25% new barrels.
The geographical location of this vineyard allows for producing well-balanced and robust wines. The grapes are always well-ripened and their freshness preserved. Full, rich fruit on the palate initially and on the finish.
Serve at 17-18°C with skewered lamb, stuffed poultry, or with grilled on vine shoots beef tenderloin, along with pan-brown vegetables. This wine will be the perfect partner for a good selection of cheeses.