2019 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.
The flagship 2019 Château Belair-Monange checks in as 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from 25-year-old vines and raised in 50% new French oak. It's a magical wine in the vintage and offers more depth and richness than just about every other Saint-Emilion out there, all while holding onto a gorgeous sense of finesse and elegance, which would almost have me guessing Pomerol in a blind tasting. Deep red and black fruits, truffly earth, tobacco, and spring flower notes all emerge on the nose, and this puppy is full-bodied, has a layered, seamless mouthfeel, gorgeous tannins, and one heck of a great finish. It's stunning, and while it offers incredible pleasure today given its purity and flawless balance, it deserves 7-8 years of bottle age and will evolve for 30 years or more.