2008 chateau belair-monange premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru
Why We're Buying
Château Bélair-Monange, formerly known as Château Bélair, is one of the bastions of Saint-Émilion. The vineyard, which dates back to the early 1700s, brought the region to prominence with its grand vin, and continues to serve as one of the essential wines of Saint-Émilion.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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.