‘Bel En Blanc’ Muscadelle NV - Chateau de Bel - Bordeaux, France 75cl
BOTTLE SIZE: 75CL
THE WINEMAKER: CHATEAU DE BEL / OLIVIER CAZENAVE
From Olivier Cazenave at Chateau de Bel
"As I often deplore the lack of variety and choice in our Bordeaux grape varieties and that Muscadelle is one of them, I took a little time to think about it. It is unfortunately very rare in the vineyard and each time blended (at a low percentage) with Sauvignon and Sémillon so a little drowned. Because Muscadelle is not easy to grow or to assemble: ripe it lacks acidity and not ripe enough it lacks interest.
I already use it quite a bit for my “Echappée Bel” White, up to 60% because I'm not a real fan of Sauvignon in Bordeaux (for personal taste). And then I wanted to work it 100% with the aim of making a meal wine, complex and concentrated, completely out of step with what you can find in Bordeaux. It was at the end of 2.5 years of aging in demi-muids that the balance seemed interesting to me: the aging came to structure the wine and above all gave it a tannic freshness that compensates for the lack. acidity of the grape variety"
Perhaps the most radical winemaker in Bordeaux? Undoubtedly this is the antithesis to what we’ve become accustomed to seeing from this most traditional of French wine regions. Olivier Cazenave and his wife Anne discovered Château de Bel on the banks of the Dordogne in 2003. They have since expanded its vineyards to eight hectares, as well as taken on the farming of those of friends and family elsewhere in Bordeaux, with one-third of a hectare in Pomerol and two hectares in Montagne Saint-Émilion. Since 2016, all Olivier’s own vineyards are certified biodynamic. His wines are at turns classical, experimental, natural and never shying from controversy.
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