The first substantial and reassuringly great Belair-Monange in many decades, the 2008 represents the epitome of elegance and minerality. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet red and black fruits intermixed with notes of spring flowers and crushed rocks, a layered mouthfeel, superb nobility and remarkable intensity offered in a finesse-filled format. Kudos to Edmond and Christian Moueix for their resurrection of this iconic 6.2 acre vineyard. 93+ (RP)
2008 was the first year under Moueix ownership, and it's not quite as polished as its neighbour Canon. But it has heart and structure, with salty, grilled redcurrant fruits - a rather lovely wine bursting with its own potential. There's a heart-quickeningly raw quality to that salty minerality, and the red fruits go spiralling through your palate. Ready to drink but will continue to age. (JA)
Bright red-ruby. Fresh, mineral-driven aromas of bitter cherry, redcurrant, flowers and rose petal. Quite soil-driven and suave, with a light touch and good spicy lift to the intense mineral and red berry flavors. Sweet, pliant and rich, but at the same time youthful and suave, with a late hint of orange peel on the long, refined aftertaste. As of 2008, the old Belair property, planted on limestone next to Ausone, is solely owned by J.P. Moueix (essentially Christian Moueix and his son Edouard), and this is the first vintage bottled under the new name.
Big and structured wine, with ripe jammy fruit. Rich spice, soft tannins and dense texture all come together to give a rounded feel. Acidity at the end makes a final, tight contrast. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
What a gorgeous nose of plums and berries that follow through to a medium to full body, with round and velvety tannins and a delicate finish. Lovely softness here. Best after 2012.
The lightly dusty and chalky structure guides a core of gently macerated cherry and black currant fruit. Pretty violet and anise notes flicker through the finish, which has good length for the vintage. This will age gracefully, even in this generally less-than-dynamic year.--Non-blind Bélair-Monange vertical (December 2016). Drink now through 2026. (JM, Web only-2017)
Very traditional nose with all the leather and aniseed notes of maturing bordeaux – a great example of the classic claret flavour set. Appetising structure with ample fruit concentration, refreshing acidity and rounded tannic feel. 17+/20 points. (RH)
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