A core of sweetness shows through this wine. It has juicy acidity shining prominently - it shows its fresh side immediately. Belair-Monange is still a work in progress, although this will always be a delicious wine.
This extraordinary terroir, now exploited by Edouard Moueix, the son of Christian, seems to be coming to life in a dramatic fashion. Never a hedonistic wine, but very intellectual, the 2009 suggests a liqueur of crushed rocks intermixed with black currants and black cherries. Still somewhat closed, medium to full-bodied, and impressive rather than seductive, this is a structured wine that needs to be forgotten for at least a decade, and then drunk over the following 30+ years. If readers are looking for the quintessential example of a terroir-dominated wine, this is Lesson 101 in terroir.
“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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