Château de Bel-Air lies on a sunny plateau, which leads gently southward towards the Barbanne stream, with the Pomerol appellation just across the water. This is one of the best terroirs of Lalande-de-Pomerol, with gravel soils making up 70% of the estate, the balance being gravels mixed with iron-rich clay. A blend of 73% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc with 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, which aged in 40% new barrels, this 2016 is truly blossoming. Colour is deep ruby, the nose being vibrant with floral red fruits. Palate shows fine balance between rich fruit density, gentle tannins, refreshing acidity and smooth, long aftertaste – a lovely, complete wine (for drinking 2022-2028+) – 13%.