The 2000 vintage was legendary in Bordeaux—a classic in every sense of the word. The growing season matched every possible expectation, and the resulting grapes have become the standard against which other vintages are judged.
Located outside the village of Cussac, just south of St. Julien in the heart of the Haut-Médoc district of Bordeaux. Ranked a Cru Bourgeois. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot planted in the alluvial gravel and clay soils typical of the Médoc. The 90 acres of vineyard lie just west of the Gironde estuary, near the famous "Fort Médoc" built to defend Bordeaux in the age of Louis XIV.
The late Henri Martin, the long-time Mayor of the town of St. Julien and creator of Chateau Gloria, bought Château Bel Air twenty-five years ago. Together with his son-in-law he rebuilt the winemaking facilities and improved the vineyards of this old, classic estate.