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An absolutely magnificent wine from Christian Moueix and his son Edouard, this wine is right up there with their 2009 and may eclipse it in terms of its potential longevity. Dense purple, with a near-liqueur of crushed rocks and chalk intermixed with blueberry, black raspberry and cassis, this wine is very full-bodied for a Belair, with ethereal complexity and impressive texture and length. I believe this is the first vintage of the wine to be released in an engraved bottle, which seems to be the direction of all the top estates in the Jean-Pierre Moueix stable. More evidence of concerned Bordelais attempting to stop criminals intent on producing fraudulent bottles of these limited production wines. Forget this baby for 7-8 years and then look for it to evolve over three decades-plus.
A big, complex wine from this continually improving property, this is now performing at its classed-growth level with concentrated ripe berry fruits and chocolate flavors. The wood aging is still showing through and needs time to integrate better, but…
“Since 2012, Belair Monange has been made from three parcels on gravel, clay and limestone. It is that very intersection that yields one of the most distinctive wines in Saint-Emilion… Belair Monange increasingly gives the two established flagships in the Moueix family’s range (Trotanoy and La Fleur-Petrus) a run for their money.”
– Antonio Galloni
As the next door neighbor of esteemed St. Emilion producer Château Ausone, Belair Monange is a winery located in the Right Bank of Bordeaux. The original vineyards are thought to have been planted in the mid-1700s, and the wines are Merlot-dominant blends with a significant amount of Cabernet Franc added. Interestingly enough, the winery was owned by the same family as Château Ausone for most of the 20th Century. At that same time it was managed by Pascal Delbeck, who was the head winemaker at Ausone, who sold it to the Moueix family in 2008. This was the same year that the winery launched their new label and rechristened name along with the first strong wine that was sold on the property in decades. .
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