2016 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Belair Monange comes strutting out of the glass like a total rock star with gregarious red cherries, blackberries and warm plums scents plus hints of lavender, rose hip tea, powdered cinnamon, cigar box and camphor. Medium-bodied, it completely fills the palate with vibrant red and black fruit layers, framed by a firm backbone of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
Incredibly perfumed aromas of roses and violets, as well as blue fruit and lavender. Full-bodied and powerful, yet so full of finesse and vibrance. The height of elegance! Such depth of chalk and dark berries. It goes on for minutes. Drink after 2025. März 2020
The 2016 Bélair-Monange is easily the most closed of all of J-P Moueixs wines when I taste them together. It is stubbornly tight in the glass and then coquettishly unfurls mineral-rich red berry fruit mixed with rose petals; the perfume is captivating. The palate is well balanced, with velvety tannin and perfectly judged acidity, and very, very harmonious. More and more black fruit seems to join the chorus line toward the finish, which fans out gloriously, demonstrating superlative persistence. The best Bélair-Monange to date, and an accomplished, riveting Saint-Émilion.
The 2016 Château Belair-Monange (92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc) comes from limestone soils on both the upper plateau and the hillside slope just outside of the village of Saint Emilion. This deep, saturated purple-hued effort offers a more primordial style in its ripe black fruits, toasty oak, espresso bean, and spring flower-scented aromas and flavors. With full-bodied richness, solid acidity, terrific purity, and rock-solid underlying structure, this beautiful Saint Emilion needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades. It opens up nicely with time in the glass, so if you feel like drinking a bottle soon, give it a healthy decant. 96+ points
After considerable replantation, this 57-acre estate now shows how good it can be. This wine has style as well as concentration and glorious black fruits that are developing into a rich wine. Drink from 2025. *Cellar Selection*
The fruit—plum, fig and black currant—is decidedly dark in profile now, but it is very, very pure, with sleek and racy definition throughout. There's a swath of tobacco and alluring toast as well, but this red is defined on its back end by a bolt of chalky minerality that is buried deep and should emerge fully with extended cellaring.