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Château Belgrave

The estate is located in the commune of Saint-Laurent Médoc (Bordeaux) and is one of the oldest companies there. The focal point is an 18th century hunting lodge in the middle of a park. It was badly affected during the Second World War. In 1979 the neglected property came into the possession of the group Dourthe-Kressmann, Through advisory work by Professor Émile Peynaud (1912-2004) an upswing was initiated and by Michel Rolland (Cellar) and Professor Alain Reynier (vineyards) continued. From the 2004 vintage, a new, ultra-modern cellar was put into operation. In the Bordeaux Classification in 1855 it received fifth place under the name Coutenceau (Cinquième Cru Classé). The current name is derived from the siliceous soil (Belgrave = "beautiful pebble"). The vineyards with 55 hectares of vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Petit Verdot (1%). The extremely long-lived red wine is aged for 24 months in 40 to 60% new barriques. The second wine is called "Diane de Belgrave". Depending on the vintage, two to four hectares are selected with the best vines for a wine that is used for the “Essence” brand wine from Dourthe.

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