The land was then taken over by another family, but was later restored to its original owners. After the sister of Marquis Robert de Canolle married Baron Seissan de Marignan, the baron received a share of Bélair.
The Château Bélair cru owes its undeniable superiority to the unusual nature of the terrain as well as its fortunate orientation to the south and the east: celebrated celebrated wines have been produced here for centuries. Among their most prestigious awards have been the Gold Medal at the 1889 Universal Exhibition, and the Diplôme de Grand Prix at the Paris Exhibition in 1900. Château Bélair, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, adjoins Ausone and has been owned since 1916 by the Dubois-Challon family. The winemaking facilities are unusual for their massive pro-portions; the wine is made using the force of gravity. This was the first gravitational winery in Bordeaux.
Belgrave Bordeaux Wine Region
Château Belgrave is one of the oldest Haut-Médoc crus. The property is dominated by a handsome hunting lodge built in the eighteenth century; a long white path lined with umbrella pines leads to its eaceful grounds. The 56-hectare vineyard surrounds the château and the winery. Classified a Fifth Growth in 1855 for the quality of the soil, with its gravelly ridges, Belgrave suffered as a result of the difficult period that followed World War II.
Acquired by a group of agricultural investors in 1979, the land was placed under the management of the CVBG group (Dourthe-Kressmann), which immediately began a vast rehabilitation program.
The first step was to create winemaking facilities at Chateau Belgrave which befitted a cru of this quality. These were completed in 1990 with the installation of an electronic thermo-regulation system for the cuvier, which holds the vats. By 1980, a storehouse with the capacity to hold 1,500 Bordeaux oak casks had been built alongside the cuvier. At the same time, around ten hectares of vineyard were being renewed.
The second stage, starting in 1986, was marked by the involvement of Professor Alain Reynier in the running of the vineyard and of Michel Rolland in the winemaking, selection, and maturation.
These investments soon bore fruit. The 1995 Gault Millau guide rated Château Belgrave above its official classification.
The château itself underwent a remarkable restoration in 1992 and 1993. Restored, modernized, and once again recognized, Château Belgrave re-established its rightful place among the elite of Médoc wines. This château is a member of was classified the Union des Grands Crut.