chateau belair-monange premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2009
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94
WINE ENTHUSIAST
94

2009 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.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This extraordinary terroir, now exploited by Edouard Moueix, the son of Christian, seems to be coming to life in a dramatic fashion. Never a hedonistic wine, but very intellectual, the 2009 suggests a liqueur of crushed rocks intermixed with black currants and black cherries. Still somewhat closed, medium to full-bodied, and impressive rather than seductive, this is a structured wine that needs to be forgotten for at least a decade, and then drunk over the following 30+ years. If readers are looking for the quintessential example of a terroir-dominated wine, this is Lesson 101 in terroir

WINE ENTHUSIAST
94

Wine Enthusiast

A core of sweetness shows through this wine. It has juicy acidity shining prominently - it shows its fresh side immediately. Belair-Monange is still a work in progress, although this will always be a delicious wine.

JAMES SUCKLING
94

James Suckling

Love the soft and velvety tannin with the milk chocolate and fruit character. Full and silky. Long and delicious. So fine. Best wine from this estate in decades. Maybe ever. Best after 2017.

WINE SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

Offers lovely interplay between cherry and raspberry fruit, with darker plum and graphite notes and a perfumy Lapsang souchong tea edge. Very racy and detailed, with a long, mouthwatering, mineral-driven finish that really stretches out as it airs. Best from 2014 through 2026.