Château de Bel
Bordeaux \\ France
Perhaps the most radical producer in Bordeaux? Indubitably the antithesis to what we’ve come to expect from this most traditional of French regions. After creating one of the first e-commerce wine businesses, winemaker Olivier Cazenave (right) and his wife Anne discovered Château de Bel in 2003 on the banks of the Dordogne.
They have since expanded its vineyards to eight hectares, as well as taken on farming 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 vineyards are certified biodynamic and mostly planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with some Malbec and Chenin Blanc. Wines are variously classical, experimental, natural and at times controversial.
All beautifully, purely made, as Olivier says, with “humility and common sense”.