Chateau Belle-Brise

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Chateau Belle-Brise: The Importance

Tucked away in Pomerol’s south west corner right on the border, Château Belle-Brise is the ultimate insider’s Bordeaux. With just a two hectare walled garden vineyard, the production is minuscule, making it one of the rarest wines in the marketplace and arguably more exclusive than either Pétrus or Le Pin.

 

Only around 8,000 bottles are made each vintage, with an enormous 70% reserved for the French market. The majority of the production goes to Michelin starred restaurants around the world, where it is garnering a cult following from Monaco to Tokyo. What remains, heads straight to the private jets of European royalty or into the cellars of long-standing private clients in-the-know. As a result, it is exceedingly hard to source, certainly a ‘sommelier’s secret’ and perhaps the last great undiscovered Pomerol. Belle-Brise has real cachet as few get a chance to taste it, let alone own some.

 

Despite its cult following, you may be surprised by the lack of reviews from the critics. However, this is down to owner and winemaker Henri-Bruno de Coincy, who refuses to allow the critics to review his wines and has actually asked the likes of Wine Advocate and Vinous to remove old write-ups. However, if you dig deep enough, there are a few intriguing mentions that demonstrate the buzz around the little known producer. Neal Martin says that when he “mentioned that [he] was penning a tome on Pomerol, wine-lovers kept referencing this unfamiliar growth.” So the writer went to visit. He noted: “This enigmatic Pomerol cru has a small cult following... [and its] 800-odd cases [are sold] directly to restaurants all over the world... Locating bottles of Château Belle Brise is difficult not only because of the small production, but because everything is sold directly to [these] clients... recent vintages are very well crafted, often demonstrating a Burgundy-like allure (indeed, Monsieur de Coincy apparently aspires a cross between Le Pin and Chambolle-Musigny)... [the] wines are well worth seeking, so keep your eyes peeled... [as this is] Pomerol’s most mysterious cru.”

 

Chateau Belle-Brise: The Insight

Stylistically this artisan Pomerol is silky and opulent, but with the finesse and almost weightless power more akin to Grand Cru Burgundy. In fact, many have compared Belle-Brise to the great wines of Chambolle-Musigny, as Neal Martin alludes to.

 

The vineyard contains a split of around 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and old vines of up to 70 years old. The soil has gravel on the surface and beneath, a layer of clay, chalk and crasse de fer. Jancis Robinson notes that in Pomerol: “The subsoil here is distinguished by a local iron rich clay, the so called crasse de fer, of which Château Pétrus has a stratum particularly close to the surface.” So the terroir of Belle-Brise shares a lot in common with its illustrious Pomerol compatriot.

 

The wines are made very naturally, using biodynamic and organic principles, and employing horses to work the vines. A team of 50 pickers harvest the grapes late in the season and in one single day. They are then fermented using indigenous yeasts, and the wine is aged in oak for one year.

 

The château also produces Les Cèdres de Belle-Brise, a virtual secret outside the property itself.  It is aged for two years in old oak. It is not made in every vintage, but when it is, only around 125 cases are produced. This is as unfeasibly rare as Bordeaux gets and should not be missed if an opportunity arises.

 

Chateau Belle-Brise: The Background

Henri-Bruno de Coincy, a former banker for Banque de Suez in Paris, bought the property in 1991. He is the 20th generation of an Armagnac-making family. The Coincy family has been making Armagnac for an incredible 700+ years. So also keep an eye out for La Fontaine de Coincy Bas-Armagnac, which is as well-kept a secret as Belle-Brise. Wine has been made at Belle-Brise since the eighteenth century, but before 1991 it was only made available to family friend of the winemaker.

 

FINE+RARE are proud to have developed a direct relationship with Château Belle-Brise, which allows us to offer wine direct from their cellars, in rare collection cases on occasion and in 2016 for the first time En Primeur.

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2016 Belle Brise Bordeaux

2016 Belle Brise Bordeaux

£1,351.00
£674.00

2015 Belle Brise Bordeaux

2015 Belle Brise Bordeaux

£1,369.00
£683.00
£116.00

2014 Belle Brise Bordeaux

2014 Belle Brise Bordeaux

£1,101.00
£550.00

2012 Belle Brise Bordeaux

2012 Belle Brise Bordeaux

£1,575.00
£1,575.00

2004 Belle Brise Bordeaux

2004 Belle Brise Bordeaux

£725.00
£63.00

2000 Belle Brise Bordeaux

2000 Belle Brise Bordeaux

£1,357.00
Duty Paid £115.00

1998 Belle Brise Bordeaux

1998 Belle Brise Bordeaux

£737.00
Duty Paid £737.00

1995 Belle Brise Bordeaux

1995 Belle Brise Bordeaux

£737.00
Duty Paid £737.00

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