Château Bel Air is in Cussac, on the outskirts of Saint-Julien Beychevelle and on the banks of the Gironde. This Haut-Médoc cru bourgeois was acquired by the Martin family in 1980 and, although it is in a less renowned appellation, the vineyard has the same attentions and care lavished upon it as the family's estates in Saint-Julien, Chateau Gloria and Chateau Saint Pierre. The 34 hectares of vineyards have an average vine age of 30 years. The soil is made up of fine gravelly ridges and most of the subsoil is blue clay.
Goes With: heavy stew, steaks, spiced cured meats.