Chateau Belair-Monange 2017

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A Rich, Complex Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe with a Polished Texture and Great Aging Potential

With its winemaking history traced back to before the French Revolution, Chateau Belair-Monange was acquired by the Moueix family in 2008 and has since then made tremendous improvements in quality through yield reduction out in the vineyards and technological investments at the winery. The property is a Premier Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion, home to 23.5 hectares (58 acres) planted with vines (around 14 hectares under production), of which 90% is Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The estate's terroir brings together a limestone plateau with blue clay soils on limestone slopes, translating to greater nuance and complexity in the finished wine. Following a manual harvest, carried out with manual sorting in the vineyard and optical sorting at the winery, the fruit is vinified in thermoregulated concrete and stainless steel vats with a gentle maceration and extraction. The wine matures for a period of 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels, of which around half is new.

The Chateau Belair-Monange 2017 is already revealing itself to be one of the greatest successes of the estate, completely unaffected by the frost, which damaged other appellations in Bordeaux. In the glass, this Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe shows off a deep garnet purple color. On the nose, the wine reveals a perfumed bouquet, resplendent with red cherries, crushed strawberries and plum, along with hints of milk chocolate and mint. The palate is quite rich, with many layers of floral flavors and spice, a polished texture and austere tannins suggesting great potential for age. The finish is quite long and dry, with plenty of ripe fruit flavors.
Parker : 96-98 / 100
Wine Spectator : 92-95 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
A final blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Belair Monange has a flamboyant nose of potpourri, Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, hoisin and sandalwood over a core of crÿme de cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry preserves with a waft of dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is rich and seductive with oodles of freshness and layers of floral and spice notions, finishing long.
BordeauxSaint-Emilion
Country
France

Grape varieties
Merlot/Cabernet Franc

J. Robinson
17

J. Suckling
94-95

Vinous - A. Galloni
94-97

Wine Spectator
92-95

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Libournais

Dessert wine
No

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Emilion

Color
Red

Producer
Chateau Belair-Monange

Classification
1er grand cru classé "B"

Parker
96-98

Allergens
Contains sulfites