Chateau Bellefont Belcier dates back to the seventeenth century as an estate. The vineyard was founded in the middle of the eighteenth century. The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2017, Peter Kwok the owner of Chateau Tour Saint Christophe and many other Right Bank properties, purchased Bellefont-Belcier.
The blend for both vintages is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
2017 Bellefont-Belcier – Purple in color. 15% ABV. Tremendous nose of red and black fruits, licorice, scorched earth and graphite. Full bodied with plenty of acidity. Gorgeous fruit balanced by copious tannins. Black cherry, plums, cassis and minerals on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Tuck this one away for a while. Best through 2030. My rating: 92 points.
2018 Bellefont-Belcier – Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Unique nose of stone fruits, graphite and flowers. Concentrated and powerful. Impeccable balance. Currants, plums, smoke and minerals on the palate. The finish is long with silky tannins. Glorious Bordeaux from a fantastic vintage. Best through 2035. My rating: 95 points.
Reviews based on samples provided by the winery.
Bellefont-Belcier is one of the best values on the Right Bank if not all of Bordeaux. Top vintages like ’16 and ’18 can be had for $50 and will age for at least a decade.
I previously wrote about Bellefont-Belcier in New Thoughts on Buying Young Bordeaux.