An extremely good Bordeaux Superieur, Chateau Bellevue Favereau is superb value for money. It is produced by the Galineau family in Pellegrue, an ancient 13th century Bastide (fortified town) near Sainte Foy, which takes its name from the Cranes that gather there on their migration. The vineyard sits in a quiet, peaceful corner of Bordeaux and is a classic example of a Petit Chateau; creating medal winning Clarets in grand countryside that has been steeped in wine making for centuries. ‘Bellevue’ means ‘beautiful view’ and ‘Favereau’ refers to the lieu dit of Favereau (which means ‘The Waters of the Blacksmith’ in Old French). A medieval fortified windmill once stood on these gently rolling hills; today they are covered in Galineau vines.
Bordeaux Superieurs are the next level up to regular Bordeaux and only about a quarter of the Bordeaux vineyard area actually makes them. They are made from older vines in special plots planted at a greater density than normal. Yields are also lower, grapes must be riper too and wines are usually aged in oak for 3 – 4 years.
Fuller bodied and generous; Bellevue Favereau pairs well with rich braised Chinese beef or duck, roast lamb, venison, liver, pigeon and kidneys. It’s also very good with mushroom risotto and dishes with creamy mushroom or pepper sauces.