Château Bellevue de Tayac
The drive north along the Médoc peninsula takes you past many of the most famous names of Bordeaux, and a good number of the region’s most iconic and eye-catching châteaux. From the pale and precisely chiselled walls of Château Palmer in Margaux, complete with its corner towers and their pointed witch’s hat roofs, to the eastern-themed exoticism of Château Cos d’Estournel in St Estèphe, with its layered pagodas and elephant motifs, a journey along this road is rich in eye-catching sights.
One other eye-catching roadside property, albeit one less famous, is Château Bellevue de Tayac, which sits alongside the D2 as it heads through the more northerly outlands of the Margaux appellation. This is no elegant 19th-century château though, no cultural landmark made of mere stone and tile. No, this is a rather more modern edifice, with functional cellars hidden behind a utilitarian frame which supports a facade of interleaved gold and silver metalwork.
Well, I did say it was eye-catching.
Like this facade, Château Bellevue de Tayac is a rather modern creation, although its origins lie in the long-established vineyards of Tayac, a small hamlet in the commune of Soussans, one of five communes eligible for the Margaux appellation. In this profile I explore its history, and examine the vineyards and winemaking, before concluding as always with all my recent tasting notes.Please log in to continue reading: