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Chateau Belair-Monange 2015

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    A Saint-Emilion with Densely Layered Tannins and a Pure Finish

    The winemaking history at Chateau Belair-Monange goes back to well before the French Revolution. It was, nevertheless, in 2008, with the acquisition of the estate by the Moueix family, that its true Renaissance began. Christian Moueix, along with his son Edouard, have made several remarkable improvements to the quality of the wine, by means of drastically reducing yields, harvesting at a later date, and investing in brand new technologies (e.g.: optical sorting equipment) at the winery. Chateau Belair-Monange bears the title of Premier Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion and the property includes a total of 23.5 hectares (58 acres) of vines, out of which 14 hectares are under production. The vineyards are planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Chateau Belair-Monange expresses in each sip a juxtapositon of the estate's two distinct but complementary terroirs: its limestone plateau and blue clay soils upon limestone slopes. This combination of fruit from different soil types lends a greater level of nuance to the finished wines. The manual harvest at the estate is carried out with a primary manual sorting in the vineyard, followed by an optical sorting at the winery. The grapes are vinified in thermoregulated vats of stainless steel and concrete, and special attention is paid to achieve a very gentle maceration and extraction. The wine spends from 16 to 18 months maturing in French oak barrels, of which 50% are new.

    The Chateau Belair-Monange 2015 blends 88% Merlot with 12% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple/ruby in the glass, this Saint-Emilion offers a powerful nose of blackcurrants, crushed black plums and blackberry preserves, mingling with nuances of grilled meat, fallen leaves and tobacco. The tannins are densely layered and quite fine, but will take at least a few more years to soften enough for the wine to reveal its full personality. The finish here is long and pure, with the freshness of limestone clearly represented. Drink 2022-2035
    Parker : 98+ / 100
    J. Suckling : 100 / 100
    BordeauxSaint-Emilion
    Grape varieties
    Merlot/Cabernet Franc

    Dessert wine
    No

    J. Robinson
    17.5+

    J. Suckling
    100

    R. Gabriel
    18

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    98

    Wine Spectator
    96

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Libournais

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Belair-Monange

    Classification
    1er grand cru classé "B"

    Parker
    98+

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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