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.
BORDEAUX 2000 – A DREAM VINTAGE
Weather conditions / Vintage 2000 has from the very start been proclaimed as one of the best vintages of modern times. In spring 2003, I've had many opportunities to find out, if we really have a true dream vintage in our hands.
During harvest 2000, while doing "personal inspection" in the vineyards, I noticed that something extraordinary big was on its way. Grapes looked extremely healthy.
While sorting table was rolling, I observed, that there were few leaves, stalks and weeds among the grapes. That's why sorting out grapes went so easy and quick. It must be one of hallmarks of 2000 vintage, because normally even the great vintages require a lot of work at sorting table.
2000 vintage is classic, extravagant and extremely long-lived Bordeaux with dark, extremely dense wines, which have enormous concentration of fruit, length and superbly concentrated tannin. The tannin is not allowed to dominate, because it's well wrapped up by fruit. A scent of sub-maturity is only present in few wines. One of this vintage's trademarks is an intense and deep aroma of dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries and black cherries.
All red grape varieties reached perfect maturity, including Bordeaux' most capricious and unruly grape variety, Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot gives the much meeded contribution of backbone and power to the wines.
Also the grapes for whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, did ripe perfectly and produced tremendously fine dry white wines. Sweet white wines turned unfortunately to be a few light, elegant and charming wines, which were based 100% on September pickings. Beginning on the 11th October, it rained heavily in Bordeaux and it continued until the end of the year.