Built to receive King Louis XVI, Chateau Bellefont Belcier’s vineyards are not only beautiful but sit on one of the finest terroirs in Saint Emilion. The promise in this powerful landscape was spotted by Dominique Hebrard (former co-owner of First Growth Chateau Cheval Blanc) who purchased the chateau in the early nineties. His hunch paid off and Bellefont Belcier was made a Grand Cru Classe in 2006. The expertise that Dominique brought with him to the estate has raised the chateau’s profile and set high standards for quality in the wines.
Bellefont Belcier was founded by the Count de Belcier in the 17th century and was named Bellefont (Beautiful Fountain) after the many springs rising from its steeply undulating limestone and chalk hillsides. The chateau made headlines in 2012 when it became the first Grand Cru Classe estate ever to be acquired by a wealthy Chinese family. They inherited a rising star and have a potential treasure on their hands. Given that Bellefont Belcier nestles between First Growths Chateaux Pavie, Larcis Ducasse and Troplong Mondot there is no reason it should not join the ranks of its neighbours if its new owners continue to push its quality further.
Bellefont Belcier is gorgeous with roast beef (particularly rib), roast lamb, casseroles, kidney and liver. It also pairs well with game, such as vension and pigeon, or meats in rich sauces.
Learn more about Bellefont Belcier on Nicks Blog: Chateau Bellefont Belcier, Dominique Hebrard and the Lebannon