Château Belot

Best of Belot 2016
Saint Chinian AOP

BOB ROUGE

Estate bottled

A family enterprise

Château Belot is a family enterprise built between 1987, when Jacques and Gisèle Belot bought their first vineyard, and 1996, when the Belot bought Château du Tendon, a former royal hunting lodge.
Their son Lionel is now in charge of the winery.

The complete installation has been updated and photo voltaic cells now cover the electrical needs of the Estate.

The Estate sits on : 25 hectares of St Chinian AC and 18 hectares of varietals : Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. 80% of the ground is calcareous clay, the remainder schists.

Wine

Soil

Wine

Making

Drinking

Advice

Syrah :
60% on schist soils – age of the vines : 20 years (2001)
40% on limestone-clay soils – age of the vines : 24 years (1997)

Grenache :
sandstone soils – age of the vines : 36 years (1985)

Syrah 80%
Grenache 20%

The 3 varietals, two Syrah and Grenache are harvested separately to get the optimal maturity.

Parcel selections of the best Syrah with southern exposure.
Manual harvesting. Destemming and manual sorting on 60% of the blend.

Fermentation of 35-40 days. Daily manual punching of the cap during the first 15 days of fermentation and then the last week at controlled temperatures of 22°C.
Carbonic maceration on the rest of the blend (40%)
Ageing 10 months in new barrels.

The wine is unfiltered, decanting a few hours before serving is recommended.

Aromas of black cherries and blackberries dominate at first, then give way to hints of garrigue when aerated.
A silky structure supports the ample and sufficiently persistent flesh.
To be enjoyed with tasty dishes: venison in sauce, veal sauté, beef Wellington.