Chateau Belregard Figeac 2014 'Tellus Vinea' Bordeaux AOC
Item Number: 9876
Sub Region: Right Bank
Appellation/AVA: Bordeaux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: deep sand
Vineyard Notes: The vineyards are situated on the slopes near the picturesque village of Saint-Émilion, in the section that borders Libourne and Pomerol. At Belregard Figeac, the soil is a deep sand positioned on moderate slopes. Compared to the Médoc, the soils are richer. Vines are more vigorous and require wider spacing, with an average 5,000 to 6,000 vines per hectare as compared to 9,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare that is common in the Médoc. The vines are an average 35 years old (as of 2011). The majority of the holdings are situated on the plain of Figeac, certainly one of the most renowned of the various terroirs of Saint-Émilion, located on the border of Libourne and Pomerol. The Pueyo brothers use traditional vineyard management methods with limited use of chemicals. A team of workers goes through the vineyard in the summer to pull leaves for better aeration and exposure of the grapes. This time consuming task ensures better ripening and helps in disease prevention.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand. The grapes undergo a three-day cold maceration; the alcoholic fermentation then proceeds for eight to ten days. The wine is racked several times during its elevage in stainless steel and cement tanks before being bottled after an egg-white fining. The grape composition is predominantly Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc in the blend that provides additional structure to the wine.
About the Estate: The Pueyo Family has owned Belregard Figeac since 1853. The estate has remained in the family and this continuous ownership is accompanied by the priceless and intimate knowledge of the best parcels of each vineyard gained through seasons of observation. This is the kind of understanding that no amount of time at university can replace. It shows through in the wine, a true example of the character of their particular corner of Saint-Émilion. Jacques and Jean-Paul Pueyo, brothers, are the current generation in charge of all affairs at Belregard Figeac. They have recently been joined by Jacques’ son Christophe.