chateau belair-monange premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2020
DECANTER
99
JAMES SUCKLING
98

2020 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

DECANTER
99

Decanter

The gunsmoke character is immediately evident on the nose, as is richly expressed damson and raspberry fruit. This is pared back and held back right now, elegant, showing a seductive edge without trying too hard. The texture is softly-brushed velvet, these tannins are front and centre but so fine and so precise that they don't get in the way of the fruit. Salinity from the limestone is evident on the finish, bringing a moreish juiciness and you can scrape your tongue against the pumice stone texture. Austere in all the right ways, with just the most incredible depth and layers. I love it. Harvest September 15 to 23.

JAMES SUCKLING
98

James Suckling

It's full-bodied, showing loads of violets, blackberries and blueberries with salt and white-pepper character. Minerally. It's very fine-grained with a fascinating finish. Intense and long. 98% merlot and 2% cabernet franc.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2020 Belair Monange displays an opaque purple-black color, unfurling slowly to reveal a nose of blueberry preserves, stewed plums and Morello cherries, giving way to a fragrant undercurrent of Chinese five spice, incense and dried rose petals, plus hints of fallen leaves, Sichuan pepper and oolong tea. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a fantastically plush texture with mouth-coating black and blue fruits and loads of exotic spice sparks, gently lifted by soft acidity, finishing long and fragrant.