Noted for being sunnier and drier and than other Bordeaux appellations, the Côtes de Bourg is renowned for producing ripe, Merlot-dominated red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc – the other classic Bordeaux grape varieties – are also grown at the 21 hectare Château Baron Bellevue, close to the old wine trading port of Bourg.
As M. et Mme Charbonnier walk through their limestone-clay vineyards they are very likely to come across a ladybird. Crucial to naturally maintaining the health of the thirty plus (and sometimes over sixty) year old vines on this Right Bank estate, these hungry little creatures assist with the sustainable management of vines preferred by the Charbonniers.
Château Baron Bellevue is a part of the Maison Ginestet stable of wines. As both a négociant and a producer of its own wines, Maison Ginestet has long been convinced of the need to work the land in a viable manner and it places substantial emphasis on partnerships with sustainable agriculture-accredited winegrowing estates. Some growers are fully organic, and Ginestet is certified to bottle wines made from organically grown grapes.
In 2006, Maison Ginestet set up an international wine school at its Carignan-de-Bordeaux site. Through the Ginestet Wine Academy, Maison Ginestet shares with its commercial partners the expertise it has gained over more than a century of producing and marketing Bordeaux wines.
Château Baron Bellevue
Classic Bourg: characterful ripe fruit, warm spice and very approachable.