Château de Bel
Bordeaux \\ France
The most radical producer in Bordeaux? Undoubtedly Château de Bel is 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 the property in 2003, in the community of Arveyres on the banks of the Dordogne.
They have since expanded its then-dilapidated 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. Olivier even wants to plant Riesling here one day. Wines are variously classical, experimental, natural and at times controversial.
All beautifully, purely made, as Olivier says, with “humility and common sense”.