Meet the Winemaker
Château Bellegrave's vineyard is 8.5 hectares in the southwest of Pomerol. The soil has pebbly gravel, clay and sand, with sublayers rich in iron oxide, known as "crasse de fer." Jean-Marie feels organic farming yields grapes so healthy and flavorful that minimum intervention is needed to produce high-quality wine. After harvesting by hand, the lightly-crushed grapes are left to ferment naturally and macerate in temperature-controlled vats. The wine then ages for about 20 months in oak from the Tronçais forest.
Chemin de René, 33500, Pomerol, France