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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Chateau Bellefont Belcier  2005
Chateau Bellefont Belcier 2005
(search item no. 101808)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

What a pleasure to be able to discover a thousand subtleties through a wine. And precisely by tasting the vintages and comparing them, these nuances are easily appreciated. Without a doubt they have a family air, but each year can boast of its own richness. Should it be drunk young or old ? Today, it is no longer a crime to drink these wines younger. The tradition, however, is to let the red wines age over a longer period, especially the Saint Émilion and, in particular, the Bellefont Belcie
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About Chateau Bellefont Belcier:

The BELLEFONT-BELCIER estate is very old and its history can be traced back to the 17th century. Towards the end of the 18th century Count Louis François de Belcier actually founded the vineyard, ideally situated on the southern slope of Saint-Émilion, between PAVIE and LARCIS-DUCASSE. Then in 1803, on this magnificent site, he built the château which he named "BELLEFONT", or "Belle Fontaine" (Beautiful Fountain), because of the numerous springs nearby, rising from the chalky-clay slope.in 1889, the château passed into the hands of the FAURE family. Pierre FAURE, a brilliant agricultural engineer and author of many drainage works and other agricultural improvements, had the famous circular vat built, intact since its identification and today one of the jewels of this property. It was at this time that the vineyard became one of the guiding lights of the Bordeaux region, receiving many awards (the unique Gold Medal awarded by the Ministry for Agriculture to the Bordeaux wines, at the General Agriculture Competition, Paris, 1892).

Since 1994, the vineyard and its outhouses have been considerably renovated with a view to raising the property to the status of the Great Classified Vintages of Saint-Émilion.