With some of the oldest vines in all of Bordeaux, especially one parcel from 1905, Belair Monange’s 2012 (14.5% alcohol) is a tribute to this great terroir that was poorly managed and exploited prior to the family of Jean-Pierre Moueix taking over. Now it is Christian Moueix and his son Edouard who manage the property and produce the wine. The 2012 is a beauty, with a deep ruby/purple color, complex notes of minerals, crushed rock, red and black fruits, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, great texture, long finish and true ability and character. It should age beautifully for 20 or more years and yet be drinkable another three or four. Production is small, as only 1,300 cases were produced.
|Score: 95+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Aromas of licorice, black currants, kirsch, lavender, truffles and crushed chalk are present in the stunningly intense and precise aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and dense ruby/purple-hued with rich, flowing fruit and glycerin, the wine cascades over the palate with no hard edges. A superstar of the vintage, it should drink well for 20-25 years.
Only 1,300 cases of this wine are made despite the incorporation of what used to be the St.-Emilion classified growth estate, Chateau Magdelaine (also owned by the Jean-Pierre Moueix family). Belair-Monange has come of age and since Christian Moueix's son, Edouard, has made it his residence and assumed the responsibility of making it one of the key superstars of the Right Bank. The vineyard, situated next to Ausone, has always had fabulous potential, but it was rarely realized under the previous administration. About 50% new oak is used for this cuvee, which is largely Merlot with some very old vine Cabernet Franc (planted in the early 1900s). Two-thirds of the vineyard sits on pure limestone and the other third is on clay over limestone.
|Score: 93/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
The 2012 Bélair-Monange is an excellent Saint-Émilion although, I have never been as effusive with praise as other commentators. Here it has the same opulent bouquet I remarked upon when tasted just after bottling. Morello cherry, fresh mint and that faint touch of orange blossom; pretty and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied, silky smooth in texture with a precise and quite agile finish that is full of tension. I would prefer a little more depth and presence overall, but all things considered, this 2012 is turning into a delicious Saint-Émilion. Tasted at the château. 2022 - 2035
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), July 2018|
The Belair-Monange has a very opulent bouquet with copious red berry fruit, incense, kirsch and a touch of orange blossom that is well-defined, quite modern in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety smooth entry and here I prefer the style of this Saint Emilion. It is very silky in texture, very harmonious, tensile and full of nervosité towards the finish. Very fine. Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
Wonderful wine for the vintage with firm and silky tannins, savory and ripe fruit as well as hints of earth and mushrooms. Chalk and citrus undertones. Full body and a beautiful finish. Addition of Magadeline vineyards shows promise and expanded quality. Better after 2017.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015|
A young wine with lots of mineral, blueberries and subtle spices on the palate. Solid core of fruit with very refined tannins and a bright, fresh acidity. Almost chalky character to it with citrus rind undertone. Racy.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013|
Deep cherry red. Lifted pure fruit, both red and black. Aromatic and fresh. Leafily scented on the palate, then just a little too smooth on the palate, tannins almost too gentle. But refined and harmonious, lacking a little in what I think of as the classic/classy austerity of Moueix. Still delicious and good depth of gentle fruit in the middle, and sustained. (JH)
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|
Medium-deep ruby colour. A ripe red cherry and bramble fruit nose here. The palate is juicy with red fruits and a hint of black cherry, with super silky tannins and real vibrancy. This is light on its feet, with lots of floral character and a lifted finish with sweet spices. This is a very approachable style that has a wonderful smooth texture with a bright intensity. Perfect to drink now, but with potential to age.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2015|
Chateau Belair is now owned by the Moueix family of Petrus fame, and has a new name. This is one of the best vineyards in Saint Emilion, perched at the top of the slope right next to Ausone. Despite the brilliant terroir, the wine-making here had been mediocre for many years until the Moueix purchase. It is clear that Edouard Moueix is going to transform this Chateau into one of the stars of Saint Emilion. The vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the yield is miniscule as many of these vines are 100 years old and there are many gaps to be filled. Production was under 1000 cases per annum, but even with the amalgamation of the Magdelaine vineyard only 1300 cases with be produced in 2012. Lovely perfume and sweet red/black fruit. Cool, crisp yet very intense on the palate. Crushed blackcurrant fruit flavours with a nice touch of spice. Delicate yet serious, pure and focused.
|Score: 16.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
This is marked by a pleasantly firm chalky thread which frames
and carries the core of pure damson plum, bitter cherry and
red currant fruit. Light floral and alder notes hang in the background,
while the minerality stretches everything out on the finish.
Refined, restrained, long and should cellar well. Best from 2017
|Score: 94||James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Insider, January 2015|
The nose is lovely and fresh with bright red fruits and the palate although light at the start has more of a black fruit influence. There are layers of favour a mix of red cherry and black cherry slightly firm yet with an attractive complexity. 2017-26
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, May 2013|
The investment that the Moueix family has made here since acquiring the château in
2008 is starting to pay off. This is very balanced and appealing, focusing on finesse
rather than raw power, but with good backbone and structure, filigree tannins and notes
of plum and Asian spices.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013|