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Taking the reins of the château in 2000, Nicolas Thienpont, with expert advice from Stéphane Derenoncourt, launched a programme of renovation work to improve the natural drainage of the soil, replanting certain plots of the vineyard and introducing new biodynamic vine-tending techniques to complement the estate’s traditional working methods.
In this same spirit of constantly striving for perfection, the winemaking team from Château Angelus now supervises all work in the vineyard and in the winery.
Bordering on the highest point of the famous Saint-Emilion limestone plateau (75m), the vines of Château Bellevue are spread over around 7 hectares of south and south-west facing slopes, nestled side by side with the Premiers Grands Crus Classés.
They are rooted in a varied terroir that reflects the geological evolution of the region, with a clay-limestone subsoil which becomes progressively richer in limestone towards the top of the hill.
98 % Merlot, 2 % Cabernet Franc
Tasting Notes : A blend of floral and spicy notes in the bouquet. A powerful character: full-bodied, elegant and consistent. Great volume and presence on the palate. Tightly-structured tannins give way to rich, warm notes.
Food-wine pairings : meats in rich sauces, game birds, lamb , cheese.
Drought and cool temperatures contribute to optimal ripeness
The sum of summer temperatures in 2010 was close to that of summer 2009 (962°C compared to 982°C), but decidedly chillier than those of 2005, which totalled 1052°C. These cool temperatures had a substantial influence on the balance of our wines, preserving a good level of acidity and attractive aromatic freshness.
Very little rainfall (only 267 mm) from March to August 2010 generating a drought of similar intensity to that of 2005, when only 227mm of rain fell.
Another feature of the 2010 vintage is the low temperatures above all in the first three weeks of August, which made for the preservation of good levels of acidity in the grapes while also maintaining attractive aromatic freshness.