Asli & Ali Basman

In May 2018, Ali Basman was heading up Kavaklidere, a family business founded in 1929 and Turkey’s leading wine producer. After two vintages in Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux at Château La Croix Lartigue he decided – being aware of its potential – to purchase the Claud Bellevue vineyard, in order to create consistency between the two estates.

And so began Maison Kavaklidere’s adventure in the Castillon region.

Château Claud-Bellevue - Castillon Caracteres
146 Route Aliénor d’Aquitaine
33350 Belvès-de-Castillon


The 10-hectare estate has always been owned by local dignitaries.

Its main building, which dates back to1663, was once a priory attached to the church and is one of the oldest buildings in the village of Belves de Castillon.

The vines, most of which are planted on the starfish limestone plateau typical of our appellation, were originally planted at a density of 5,000 vines per hectare on a terroir comprising thin clay layers, conferring subtlety and finesse to the wine. The main grape variety is Merlot, supplemented by Cabernet Franc and some old Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

Château Claud-Bellevue is yet another expression of the diversity of the appellation’s terroirs, populated by humble winemakers, all of whom are aware of just how special their region is.


Just like at Château La Croix Lartigue, our winemaking methods are highly respectful of the environment and the terroir, and we have been using a sustainable viticulture approach since the word go. This was recognised when we were awarded our HVE3 environmental certificate.

We have painstakingly restructured the vineyard with a view to achieving optimal soil-vine balance and producing a wine that reflects the best the terroir has to offer, year after year.

By 2024, most of the vineyard will have been replanted at a density of 7,400 vines/ha with an increasing proportion of Cabernet Franc.


Château Claud-Bellevue - Castillon Caracteres