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Château Belgrave

The estate is located in the municipality of Saint-Laurent im Médoc (Bordeaux) and is one of the oldest farms there. The center is an 18th-century hunting lodge surrounded by a park. During the Second World War, it was badly affected. In 1979, the neglected estate came into the possession of the group Dourthe-Kressmann, Through consulting activities of Professor Émile Peynaud (1912-2004) a boom was initiated and by Michel Rolland (Cellar) and Professor Alain Reynier (vineyards) continued. From the year 2004, a new state-of-the-art cellar was put into operation. In the Bordeaux Classification in 1855 it was still ranked fifth under the name Coutenceau (Cinquième Cru Classé). Today's name is derived from the siliceous soil (Belgrave = "beautiful pebble"). The 55-hectare vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Petit Verdot (1%). The extremely long-lived red wine is aged 24 months in 40 to 60% new barriques. The second wine is called "Diane de Belgrave". Depending on the vintage, two to four hectares of the best vines are selected for a wine used for the "Essence" brand wine from Dourthe.

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