Chateau Bellevue 2012
Chateau Bellevue 2012 is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. It is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Bellevue is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese. In Saint Emilion is known to have great terroir. The ancient Romans were aware of this. In fact, when walking the vineyards, it’s easy to spot remains of the original plantings left by ancient Roman vintners. The rebirth Chateau Bellevue begins in the 17th century.
At that time, the Fief de Bellevue, took charge of the vineyard As was the custom of the day, he renamed the Bordeaux vineyard using his name.
The property remained in the hands of the same family from 1642 until Chateau Bellevue changed hands in 1938 when the vineyard was purchased by the de Coninck family along, with the Pradel de Lavaux family as a joint venture.
Starting with the 2000 vintage at Chateau, the dynamic duo of Bordeaux, Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt were hired to turn the estate around.
That was the first vintage in ages showing how good Chateau Bellevue could be. In late 2007, a 50% stake in the 5.90-hectare vineyard of Chateau Bellevue was purchased by the de Bouard family, owners of Chateau Angelus, which is located almost adjacent to the property.
Since the time, Hubert de Bouard began calling the shots. Once Hubert de Bouard took charge, he instituted top to bottom renovations for the winemaking facilities, chateau and vineyards. The labels on the bottles were updated as well. This was to complement the changes in the vineyards and chateau.
Ironically, the de Bouard family had an opportunity to purchase the Right Bank property several decades earlier. But due to difficult economic conditions at the time, they did not buy it when it was first offered.